Fundraising challenge in memory of colleague

A Cumbrian theatre school owner is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the charity Mencap following the tragic death of a colleague.

Denise Hutton's assistant, Rebecca Rennie, 23, was killed in a road accident on the A7 last December. Now Denise is trying to raise money in her memory.

Rebecca left behind a sister, Emma Jane, who is severely disabled and cannot communicate. The money raised by the Three Peaks Challenge will help to provide funds for Mencap's new respite facility in Carlisle at the Grace Little Centre.

Denise spoke to ITV Border's correspondent Tim Backshall about why she is doing the challenge and told him how special Rebecca was:

Denise has already raised £2500 for the charity by completing a 'Zumbathon' she presented the cheque to Sheila Gregory from the Charity, with Denise's former colleague's disabled sister Emma Jane and their mother Sheila Rennie.

The cheque is handed over the Mencap Credit: ITV Border

Rebecca's mother Sheila Rennie explained the difference the Grace Little centre makes to her daughter Emma who is severely disabled, and what she thinks of Denise's decision to do the challenge.

Sheila Gregory is the Chief Executive of Carlisle Mencap, she spoke to Tim about the difference that fundraising makes to Carlisle Mencap and to the Grace Little Centre.