Upbeat walking team say why walking works

Calderdale council's Upbeat team
Calderdale council's Upbeat team

Whatever the weather, walkers are joining up in their droves for this year’s Rotary Navigation charity walk.

On April 7 hundreds of people will walk the canals of Calderdale from Sowerby Bridge to Horbury to raise money for local hospices.

Walkers can cover two, five, ten, up to a total of twenty miles along the proposed routes.

Jessica Rolinson, 13, of and her family will walk 16 miles from Elland to Horbury Bridge to raise money for four chosen local hospices: Overgate in Elland, Wakefield, Kirkwood in Huddersfield and Forget Me Not in Brackenhall.

Jessica said: “It will be a real test as we will be walking for five or six hours. But my dad assures me it is flat along the canals - as canals can’t go uphills.”

Another group donning their walking boots is the Orangebox Young People’s Centre, Halifax. Director Madeleine Irwin said: “Let’s smash this and make 2013 a year to remember: the year Orangebox opened and the year we smashed the total raised for local hospices.”

Last year, £18,000 was raised in the sponsored walk.

Calderdale council’s Upbeat team who are taking part said: “Walking is a feel good exercise that’s free - just get out there and start walking.”

Committee chairman Bill Sutton said: “Without contributions from the public through fund raising the hospices could not function.”

Online applications close 9am April 3. Interested parites can register online www.rotarynavigationwalk.co.uk