More than 35 players, coaches, staff and partners from Ulverston Rugby Club aim to raise more than £20,000 for charity by walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks. 

The group aims to climb Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside in under 12 hours on Saturday October 22, splitting their fundraising total between Bay Hospitals Charity and developing junior rugby at their club. 

Inspiration to support Bay Hospitals Charity came from rugby team member Jamie Sandham. 

Jamie and his wife Chantell wanted to support the charity to say thank you to South Lakes Birth Centre for the care provided to twin daughters Ella and Katie, born prematurely in 2019. 

Jamie said: “All the staff at the Birth Centre were amazing and looked after us so well. 

“The night we took the girls home we stayed in the parent accommodation within the ward, which was funded by Bay Hospitals Charity. 

“We hope the ward can fund more incredible ideas and projects like this with the money raised.” 

So far the club has secured sponsorship totalling £10,000 from 84 local businesses, along with thousands of pounds of individual donations. 

Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment. 

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Non-Executive Director Adrian Leather said: “Good luck to the whole Ulverston Rugby Club team taking part in this amazing challenge. 

“It’s great to hear that the care Jamie and Chantell received at South Lakes Birth Centre has inspired such an incredible fund-raising effort.” 

To contribute to the club’s fund-raising total, visit