Campaigners hoping to save Huddersfield’s A&E have organised a fundraising run from Calderdale Royal Hospital to Holmfirth.

HandsOffHRI Half Marathon, organised by #HandsOffHRI, will raise cash for the campaign’s legal costs.

But the 14-mile run, on May 7, also aims to highlight the distances patients in outlying areas may have to travel if emergency care is centralised if Halifax.

Under Right Care Right Time Right Place, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s (HRI) will be demolished and replaced with an urgent care centre – but no emergency care unit.

The run – or walk if you’re not athletic – starts at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) at 10am and goes to Holmfirth village via West Vale, Elland, Ainley Top, HRI, Huddersfield town centre, Lockwood, Honley, Brockholes and Thongsbridge.

While fit runners will complete the race well before, it is expected that walkers will arrive in Holmfirth around 4pm.

And among the walkers will be race organiser and #HandsOffHRI committee member Helen Kingston.

Helen, 27, said: “I’ve never done a walk like this before – I only walk to my car.

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“This is to show how far people will have to travel and I thought I would do it for some money for #HandsOffHRI.”

Helen, who lives in Halifax but was born at HRI, added: “I’m looking forward to it – I don’t think it’s sunk in that I’m going to have to walk 14 miles.

“But there will be a few of us and we’ll have a nice chat along the way.

“When I get to Holmfirth I hope someone will have bought me a nice cold one!”

Those unable to complete the full 14 miles may join or leave the walk at any time.

Helen said: “Every step is better than none, and all efforts – however small – are commendable.

“If you want to do one small section with your children – fantastic.”

To take part in the HandsOffHRI Half Marathon complete an entry form at: http://handsoffhri.org/assets/media/documents/events/handsoffhri-sponsored-walk-registration-form.pdf .

Forms are also available at Trinity Fisheries, Westgate, and should be handed in to Natalie Ratcliffe at Kirklees Unison office, 4 New North Parade.

All entries should be submitted by April 30.

HandsOffHRI Half Marathon has a hospital theme and participants are invited to dress as doctors, nurses and other medical staff.