A Huddersfield man literally better get on his horse if he is to make it to the Appleby Horse Fair in time.
For Glenn Hanson is to travel the entire 95 mile route with only a steed, a cart and a very good cushioned seat to visit the show when it rolls into the town in June.
His stunt is part of a novel fundraising effort for Kirkwood Hospice and will make for a very different driving experience from his usual removal van, which he uses for work each day.
Glenn, who owns G Hanson Removals and lives in Bank End Lane in Almondbury, came up with the idea as a way to ‘give something back to the community.’
He and his trusty Cob steed Belle will set off from St George’s Square at noon on Saturday May 31 to begin their leisurely travel through Skipton, Sedburgh and Settle at around five miles per hour to reach the Westmorland town by June 5, when the historic annual event gets under way.
It is expected to take the daring duo around three or four days to complete their journey, throughout which he will make the most of his traditional bowtop carriage by using it as his bed when he pulls over in lay-bys.
Glenn, 58 who will travel back the same way, said: “It’s always something that I’ve wanted to do and thought that raising money to do it would be a fantastic opportunity.
“My dad and uncle both died of cancer and I think that the work the hospice does is fantastic.
“I bought Belle and the carts one year ago as a joint hobby with my daughter and I get out for a ride most days.
“The most we’ve done together up until now in one day is around 14 miles but I think that she will manage the distance well.
“Lots of other people make the journey up to Appleby from all over the country in the same way so I definitely won’t be the odd one out and am really looking forward to the trip.”
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the event, which is a cultural and social highlight for Traveller and Romany Gypsy communities.
Kirkwood Hospice fundraiser Gabrielle Butler said: “It’s so important that people support us and it’ll be a fantastic achievement.
“He’s already got lots of donations and it’s clearly a cause close to his heart.”
To sponsor Glenn go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GlenHanson
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