Couple swap kitchen for climbing peaks

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Two Scarborough restaurateurs have shunned wining and dining to spend their silver wedding weekend tackling the tough National Three Peaks Challenge.

Jeremy and Anne Hollingsworth spend every day watching their customers celebrate special events with fine food and wine.

But for their own anniversary weekend, they’ll be grabbing food on the go, snatching sleep in a minibus and climbing three mountains in 24 hours to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

The couple, who run Jeremy’s award-winning restaurant in Victoria Park Avenue, were childhood sweethearts. They met when Jeremy was 14 and Anne just 13. They have been together 34 years and have two sons, Marcus, 16, and Bradley, 12.

At 19 they moved to London where Jeremy got his dream job working at the famous Dorchester. He also worked with Marco Pierre White before they returned to Scarborough to start their own restaurant.

But on May 16 the restaurant will be closed as the couple join friends to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

“We’ve always supported the hospice from the start of Jeremy’s,” Anne said. “It’s such a good cause and we thought we’d like to do this challenge for Saint Catherine’s.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the couple can call into the restaurant or contribute via their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Anne-Hollingsworth

Louise Gravestock, hospice fundraiser, wished them the very best of luck and thanked them for their support.