A TEENAGER with cerebral palsy is raising money for a trip to France.
Tom Holten, 18, from Cowlersley is taking part in next month’s Examiner Charity Challenge.
He is raising funds to help his group Dare 2B Different go to the Dordogne for nine days in July.
Tom and his mum Marielyn will take part in the two-mile wheelchair push from Blackmoorfoot Reservoir on May 17.
Tom’s dad Lee said: “I’m so proud of Tom, he’s keen to get involved in things like this.”
Almondbury-based Dare 2B Different supports young people with disabilities by arranging learning and training opportunities to help them build confidence and help them realise their potential. The group is trying to raise £8,000 to send 20 people to the Dordogne this summer.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Tom can call 01484 326689.
Lee said: “If any businesses would like to help that would be great. We certainly won’t turn any money down.”
Tom, who lives at Josephine Road, is also pursuing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Lee said: “He’s already got his bronze and silver awards. Tom’s also an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh awards.”
Tom will take part in the sponsored wheelchair and pushchair route on May 17.
The Examiner Charity Challenge also features a series of routes to suit all ages and abilities from Meltham Sports and Community Centre at Mean Lane.
Walkers can choose between a four-mile and seven-mile route.The first ever four-mile Nordic walking route will involve walking with poles.
Cyclists can choose between rides of seven, 17 and 24 miles and there will also be a 12-mile horse ride.
Organiser Bob Armitage encouraged people to sign up to take part before Friday’s deadline.
He said: “It’s an easy way for people to raise money for their favourite charity with very little effort.
“All they have to do is fill in a form, get some sponsors and then turn up on the day.”