Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is supporting the 2018 Rhodes Extreme Challenge Walk as one of the official sponsors of the event.
Ben Moorhouse and Gaynor Thompson, who have completed a walking challenge in Rhodes for the last three years, have now launched their 2018 challenge and are pushing their boundaries with a bigger, better and more extreme challenge to support the Steve Prescott Foundation.
The 2018 Extreme Challenge will see Gaynor and Ben walk some 80 miles together with Ben then walking a further 70 miles completing 150 miles across the Greek island of Rhodes, in the extreme temperatures and humidity of August, all in just 48 hours.
The challenge, split over two days, starts on 5 August with Ben and Gaynor setting out in the midday sun to walk the full 80 miles of the west coast of Rhoades from Mandraki to Prasonisi. Arriving at Prasonisi just 24 hours later Ben and Gaynor have a short period of rest before Ben sets off at midnight on the 6 August on the second leg of the journey, Prasonisi to Mandraki, with Gaynor becoming part of the support team. Walking 70 miles on the second day Ben is aiming to create a full island record and beat the 2017 East Coast record time of 22.5 hours.
Ben Moorhouse said: "We're so happy that Northern Powergrid is helping support our 2018 Challenge in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation. This year's walk will be the most extreme challenge we have undertaken and wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Northern Powergrid and everyone who very kindly donates."
Siobhan Barton, Head of Stakeholder Relations at Northern Powergrid, said: "The Steve Prescott Foundation is an amazing local charity and it's fantastic that we can help support Ben and Gaynor to raise money. We'll be helping to raise money by holding a fundraising day across our offices as they set off on the challenge of a lifetime."
The Steve Prescott Foundation was setup in 2007 by Steve Prescott, who played Rugby League for St Helens, Hull, Wakefield and Ireland, after he was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei a rare form of Cancer. He decided that he wanted to give something back to people who needed it, after the kindness and support he received from the Rugby League community and the general public throughout the difficult time in his life.
The foundation supports two charities, the Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester, one of only two national specialist hospitals that specialises in Pseudomyxoma Peritonei in Great Britain and Try Assist, a charity which supports players whose lives are affected by serious injuries while playing the game of Rugby League.