PARALYMPIC hopeful Hannah Cockroft had pledged her support for the Halifax Long March.
Hannah, who is currently in Australia training for the Paralympics in August, sent a message to the organisers of the charity event to encourage people to get active and take part.
“The Halifax Long March is a challenging but extremely rewarding way to get fit and active this Olympic year,” she said.
“I’d encourage everyone to play a part and anyone capable to take part in this amazing event, picking up on the Olympic values of friendship and excellence by raising money to help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities and gaining experience and a huge achievement at the same time.”
The Long March is one of the longest-running charity treks in the UK, dating back to 1966 when several Halifax churches came together to help some of the world’s poorest people.
It will take place on Sunday, April 8, starting and finishing at the YMCA in Halifax town centre
They will leave at 11.30pm and follow a marathon or half-marathon-length sponsored night hike on a secret route through Calderdale’s streets.
Those taking part raise money to help end poverty through Christian Aid who say the £10,000 the organisers hope to raise is the equivalent of making boreholes in 20 villages in Zimbabwe safe again, providing 7,500 people with clean water and preventing future outbreaks of cholera.
Application forms for walkers or helpers are available from the Tourist Information Centres in Calderdale, the YMCA in Halifax or online from www.longmarch.org.uk Walkers must be at least 14 years old.