Mary Ann Evans Hospice supporter, Barry Goss, is aiming to raise a fantastic £1,000 by taking on a challenge of epic heights this September. This exciting challenge will see Barry attempt to summit 24 Peaks in the Lake District, all over 2400ft, in 24 hours.

The first trekking day is from Bow Fell to Green Gable, summiting 9 peaks over a distance of 17 miles, with a target time of 13 hours. The second day treks from Red Screes to White Stones, to conquer the remaining 15 peaks, over a distance of 14 miles, with a target time of 11 hours.

Barry said “One of my passions is walking in the Lake District, in Keswick. I have gazed many times at some of the, as yet unconquered peaks, promising, one day, to tick them off my list. Following a visit to Keswick last year the latest Mary Ann Evans Hospice Winter Newsletter was on the door mat and included a `Light up a Life’ story which featured an ex work colleague who passed away earlier in the year. It highlighted the excellent support that he and his family had received and reminded me of just how important these services are. A photograph of him holding his youngest grandson, for whom he had made a memory box, was particularly poignant.

The hospice newsletter also included details of the challenge events for 2017, one involving trekking across the many peaks in the Lake District, which seemed made for me.

A great opportunity to achieve a personal aspiration, whilst putting a little something back into the community, beckons!”

Following recent injury worries, Barry is now getting back to health and firmly into his training. He has set himself the challenge of raising at least £1,000 for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and needs your support! If you’re able to get behind him in his quest to conquer the 24 Peaks, please visit

Inspired by Barry’s efforts? Want to take on a challenge for the hospice yourself? We’ve just launched our challenges for 2018 and know you’ll want to get involved! Visit for more details. Where will you go?