KIRKWOOD Hospice staff are putting forward their best feet, hooves and pedals.

The Dalton hospice staff will be among many people taking up The Examiner Charity Challenge next month.

The event is organised by Huddersfield Lions and Kirklees Council's Leisure and Recreation Services.

It is set to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Kirkwood has been one of the designated charities since the challenge began and over the last three years participants have raised more than £15,000 for it.

This year's challenge will be on Sunday, May 23. It will again be based at Meltham Cricket Club, with start times from 8.30am.

There is a choice of a seven or three-mile walk and a route for wheelchair users.

There is also a gentle 10-mile road bike ride to brush away the cobwebs or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, there is a 15-mile mountain bike ride.

Even horses and their riders can't escape the challenge, as there is a 10-mile country route for them to ride around.

"The Examiner Charity Challenge is a lovely day out and members of our own fundraising department will be taking part in the walk, mountain bike trail and horse ride" said Joanne Gledhill, of the hospice's fundraising section.

"We hope people will come along and join us. It's an opportunity for some healthy exercise, with the satisfaction of raising money for a worthwhile cause.

"If people are not able to come along, they can always sponsor the Kirkwood team!"

Anyone who would like to join the charity challenge can collect entry forms from the Examiner Office.