Trio to tackle Three Peaks challenge

Michelle Mook, Suzanne Courtney and Liz Dunn are tackling the Three Peaks challenge
Michelle Mook, Suzanne Courtney and Liz Dunn are tackling the Three Peaks challenge

Three intrepid local businesswomen will tackle the three Yorkshire peaks next month to raise vital funds for three local charities.

Michelle Mook, Suzanne Courtney and Liz Dunn from learning and development firm Pro-

Development based in Wilberfoss are aiming to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Challenge – 26 miles and 1,600m of climbing - in less than 12 hours on Sunday (Sep 6) to celebrate the company’s fourth year in business and raise £6000 for York Mind,

Dementia Forward and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Pro-Development founder, Michelle Mook, said: “Walking plays a big part in our business. We all enjoy it, and in fact we have our weekly team meetings out walking rather than sitting round a table.

“We also use walking in the work we do with some of our clients, as team building or leadership exercises, but none of us has ever done anything on this scale before

so it will be a real challenge.

“We wanted to do something that would really stretch us, the way we’ve seen people on our management development programme push themselves, often outside their comfort zone, to develop and grow. We wanted to raise money for local causes that are close to each of us, too.”

Michelle, Sue and Liz are fundraising for York Mind, a charity providing mental health services in the York area; Dementia Forward, which supports people living with dementia and those caring for them; and Yorkshire Cancer Research, which helps people in the region to avoid, cope with and survive cancer.

Experienced mountain leader Mark Reid, of North Yorkshire based Teamwalking, will guide the trio on the 26-mile route in the Yorkshire Dales, which takes in the peaks of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. They are aiming to raise £6,000 for the

three charities. Donations can be made at