A HUDDERSFIELD businessman is embarking on a gruelling charity hike.
David Cooper, managing director of Bradley-based Cooper’s Coffee, will undertake the 100km “Trailtrekker” hike to raise funds for Oxfam and West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.
The challenging trek takes place on the weekend of May 30 and 31.
The trek, which covers some of the most spectacular and demanding parts of the Yorkshire Dales – including Malham Cove and Pen-y-ghent – will take about 28 hours to complete.
Oxfam organises the long-distance walks all over the world, but this is the first time one has taken place in northern England.
More than 160 teams have signed up to raise much needed funds to help the world’s poorest communities.
David, who will walk with three other West Yorkshire businessmen, hopes to raise at least £2,000 for Oxfam.
He also hopes to raise a further £3,000 for the Huddersfield-based West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.
The charity is raising funds to build a children’s hospice and respite centre for children with life-limiting and life threatening illnesses in West Yorkshire.
Mr Cooper said: “Each year, I try and set myself an extreme challenge or goal – two years ago it was climbing the highest peak in North Africa, Toubkal.
“Even though I succeeded at that, this will certainly be a challenge, both from a mental and physical point of view.
“Training for this event requires a lot of time and dedication.
“Currently, my target is to cover 50 miles a week.”
He added: “I’m committed to raising as much money as possible for Oxfam and the Forget Me Not Trust.
“The pain will be worth the gain!”
Karen Dineen, head of fundraising at the Forget Me Not Trust, which has offices at Oakes, said: “We are thrilled that David has chosen to support us.
“It’s wonderful that a local charity has the opportunity to benefit from someone’s kindness and dedication alongside an international charity such as Oxfam.
“We still have a lot of money to raise before we can begin to build our children’s hospice and respite centre.
“More than £3m will be needed to build the centre and annual running costs are estimated to be in excess of £1.5m. Each pound that David raises for us will take us one step closer to ourŠ goal.”
Anyone wanting to support the trek can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooper’s Coffee supplies coffee equipment and ingredients to restaurants and cafes across the UK.
The family business was launched in 1989 by Mr Cooper and operated from a small back bedroom and a garage in Leeds before moving to an industrial unit at Bradley.
The company, which was a winner in the 2008 Examiner Business Awards, also provides barista training for cafe and restaurant staff – to ensure they have the skills to make the perfect cup of coffee.