Charity pals prove they’re tough enough

Tracy Hartley and Rose Buckler-Brown during the cross bay walk leg of their challenge.
Tracy Hartley and Rose Buckler-Brown during the cross bay walk leg of their challenge.
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Best friends who embarked on a year-long challenge to raise money for good causes have beaten their £5,000 target.

Tracy Hartley and Rose Buckler-Brown completed a different physical challenge every month of 2013 to raise money for charities dear to their hearts.

Tracy and Rose, nicknamed ‘Popsy and Posey’, finished a 20k triathalon, ran The Great North Run, did a cross bay walk and endured a gruelling Total Warrior obstacle course.

They also organised a charity ‘wheelathon’ along Morecambe promenade and the latest challenge saw Tracy, from Carnforth, friends and family join the Lancaster Bulldogs wheelchair basketball team for a series of games.

“The event was a huge success and everyone had a fantastic time.,” said Tracy.

“There was around 20 players from the Lancaster Bulldogs and the Vikings there as well as around 15 non players who came to have a go.

“My family has supported me in every event I have done throughout the 12 Month Challenge, taking part in anything they can!”

Tracy and Rose raised the money for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and the Stroke Association.

Tracy’s mum Linda Hartley, a teacher at Morecambe Community High School, is paralysed from the waist down and has received continuous help and advice from the SIA. Linda appeared on ITV Daybreak earlier this year after being nominated for an SIA Community Star award, recognising outstanding women who have suffered a spinal cord injury.

Rose’s grandfather John suffered a stroke in 2012 and has been helped by the Stroke Association.

Tracy and Rose have raised around £6,000 to date and intend to finish off with one final challenge to coincide with Rose’s 30th birthday in January.