INTREPID trekkers have returned from the expedition of a lifetime in the Himalayas which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Manorlands.

A 26-strong team jetted out to Nepal earlier this month for the gruelling 10-day challenge, through some of the region's most testing terrain.

Each participant pledged to raise at least £2,995 for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

The trekkers climbed through thick rhododendron forests and mountainside villages perched above rice terraces, ascending over 3,000 metres to be greeted by awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna mountain range peaks.

Among those taking part was Tom Schofield, who told us: "The country's self-named acronym is 'never ending peace and love' and that really echoed through to our group from the guides and porters.

"The backdrop of rhododendron forests and Himalayan mountains made for a truly remarkable and inspirational trek.

"The team spirit was incredible – and raising so much money for a great cause even more so. It was an unforgettable experience."

Senior Manorlands fundraiser, Hayley Ibbotson, was also part of the team.

She said: "It was a fantastic adventure and everyone pulled together to make sure we all completed the trek and enjoyed the experience.

"All the local Nepalese people we met along the route were so friendly towards us.

"We're already looking into organising another trek for sometime in 2016 which we hope will be just as successful as this one.

"I'd like to thank each trekker for their hard work in preparing for the challenge, as they have all raised such a phenomenal amount of money for Manorlands which will help us to continue providing our care services.

"I would also like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported the team."

Manorlands provides care for over 1,170 people with incurable illnesses in the Airedale, Craven and North and West Bradford areas.

It costs the hospice £2.7 million a year to maintain its services, and at least £1.6 million of that has to be found through donations and voluntary income.

As well as offering 16 in-patient beds and a day hospice service, Manorlands provides outpatient clinics in GP surgeries, a 24-hour advice service for healthcare professionals, tele-consultation enabling people to speak face-to-face with a doctor or nurse through their TV, family and bereavement support and care in people's own homes.

E-mail for further information about the next Manorlands trek.