A pair of fearless friends are putting their best foot forward to raise money for charity one step at a time.
Ben Moorhouse, 32, originally from Shelf and Gaynor Thompson, 34, originally from Ovenden, are embarking on the extreme challenge of a lifetime in Rhodes, Greece this August 3-5. The challenge is walking 67 miles starting from Mandraki and finishing in Prasonisi, where temperatures can reach 50c and the humidity is extreme.
Fully funded by Ben and Gaynor, the walk aims to raise money for The Steve Prescott Foundation, in honour of the international rugby league player Steve Prescott, who sadly died of cancer November 9, 2013.
Gaynor said “We have been advised it is dangerous doing these distances in the heat and humidity, but we will be as prepared as can be.
“Steve Prescott said what the mind believes the body achieves and a challenge is not a challenge unless it is challenging - we will certainly use his words to guide us to success in Rhodes.”
It has been confirmed by officials in Greece that Ben and Gaynor are the first people to attempt this journey on foot, in 3 stages, in the hottest month of the year. They will create history in the Island with Greek TV there to film the finish.
Mezza Muscle, Waterhouse Street, Halifax, is their supplement sponsor for the challenge but Ben and Gaynor need enough sponsors to reach their target of £2000.
The friends are both Rugby League fanatics and the money raised will help Try Assist ( Rugby League Benevolent Fund), Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Oxford Transplant Foundation.
If you would like to sponsor Ben and Gaynor visit www.justgiving.com/Ben-Moorhouse-Gaynor-Thompson. Their Facebook is www.facebook.com/rhodeschallengewalk