Walk this way, to support hospices

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Hundreds of fundraisers walked along the Calder and Hebble Navigation in the annual Rotary Navigation Walk.

Walkers took in beautiful scenery in their stride as they completed between two and 20 miles, from Sowerby Bridge to Horbury, to raise money for Yorkshire hospices.

Last year’s annual walk, organised and marshalled by Calderdale Rotary Club, raised over £16,000 for local hospices Overgate, Elland, Forget Me Not, Huddersfield and Wakefield and Kirkwood.

Brighouse Rotarian Peter Charles said he hopes the annual fundraiser will match a similar to that raised in previous years when the totals are gathered in June.

He said: “Over 100 people passed through Brighouse - and apart from a downpour at around 10am, the rain held off for the rest of the day.

“Brighouse’s scenery, along the canal path, is rather industrious but once you get past Brookfoot, towards Elland - it’s very picturesque.”

Joanna Grunwell, of Rishworth, walked six miles from Brighouse to Sowerby Bridge with her 68-year-old mother, Jenny Bradley.

She said: “This is the third year running my mum and I have walked the route. We want to support Overgate Hospice which provides wonderful care for patients and their families.”

The mother and daughter team have raised £800 for the Elland hospice which provided care for Mrs Bradley’s husband, three-years-ago.

81-year-old Doreen Topliss, of Sowerby Bridge, boarded a J.T Walsh bus, transporting walkers between start and end points, and met her sister Jean Little, 78, in Elland and they walked from there back to Sowerby Bridge.

Mrs Topliss said: “After the downpour in the first 15 minutes, we enjoyed a pleasant four mile walk along the canal. It’s a nice, flat and easy path to walk along.”

The sisters congratulated their efforts with a lunch at the end of their walk.

Sowerby Bridge Rotarian Richard Goodwin said: “About 220 walkers have taken part - some have walked the full 19.6 miles. Yet again, it was a marvellous day, enjoyed by all participants.”




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