Friends and family of the late Naomi Gough began their annual walk to Blackpool this morning.
The 22-strong group left the Big Blue Frog in Halifax just after 9am on the first leg of their three-day journey.
It is the fifth time the group, lead by Naomi’s parents Bev and Steve, have taken on the 60-mile challenge.
And this year they’ll be joined by Courier reporter Toby Higgins, who will write a daily blog on the walk as the group raise money for the Naomi Cheri Gough Fund and SCARD – support and care after road death and injury.
Naomi, from Brighouse, died following a car crash in Halifax in 2007, aged 19.
Since then the group have walked to the sea-side town every summer – it was one of Naomi’s favourite places.
She was on her way home from a day trip to the resort when she died in the accident on Burdock Way.
Since it started the walk has raised around £12,000.
Bev said: “I’m really proud the walk has kept going – when we started we thought it would be a one off but every year people come to us and ask us when we’re next going, so we’ve kept organising it.
“It’s not an easy challenge, especially for people doing it for the first time as 20 miles per day can be quite tough.”
Bev praised the support they have received from groups and businesses.
“People are very generous in helping us get the walk prepared, and both Steve and I would like to thank Queensbury Van hire, who have supported us by donating a van free of charge, Ziggys Spice House who are sponsoring the walk and the Big Blue Frog who are also sponsoring the walk and providing us with bacon butties before we set off. Nestle have also provided us with some sweets, which I’m sure will come in handy if people start to tire over the three days.
“We’ve also made a lot of friends along the way during previous walks and some of those people will help us out this time too,” she said.
For more information about sponsoring the walk, visit www.scard.org.uk/MemorialFunds/NaomiGough/memorial or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
l To follow the progress of the walkers on Twitter follow the hashtag #walk4naomi
l Follow Toby’s daily blog at www.halifax courier.co.uk