On Sunday 2nd July, Allison Brown, Maria Stephenson and Maria’s fiance, Michael Frankland took part in The Three Peaks challenge to raise money for Candlelighters.

Whilst resting at the top of the first peak, Whernside, Author Maria, decided to write a poem for her two-year-old niece Hannah (daughter of Allison and Joseph.) Hannah has Acute Lymphoblastic Leaukaemia, an aggressive form of children’s cancer and Candlelighters supports her parents.

The poem is as follows:


One Day

I’ll show her the world’s rises and falls,

her catching smile in the Ireland-shaped lake

and how the climb becomes reachable

with every footstep she takes.


Sunshine is stronger than all clouds,

casting its patches of light,

she’ll see she can nearly touch the sky

after she’s won her fight.


Where the stream passes over the railway,

and the waterfall’s sparkle, I’ll show,

by then, she’ll be in perfect health,

her troubles far below.


We’ll retrace my steps and I’ll tell her

what all these people were here to do,

then more breezy sunshine will follow

as we rest and enjoy the view.


Maria Stephenson



Thank you for writing this lovely poem and thank you to all three of you for taking part in the Three Peaks challenge. The money raised makes a huge difference to families facing children’s cancer across Yorkshire.

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