PEOPLE can help tackle cruelty against children by taking part in a walk in the countryside around Huddersfield.
The annual NSPCC Hack is organised by Huddersfield fundraisers Sue and Tony Thomas and has been held in North Yorkshire – up until now.
This year the 25-mile trek will be staged around Huddersfield and will raise the area’s profile as 750 walkers from all over the country will take part.
The event is so popular that 500 people have already signed up, with only 250 places left. The deadline for registering is the end of July unless the final places are snapped up before then.
The hike is called Can U Hack It? with Hack standing for Hike Against Cruelty to Kids.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 1, and is a circular sponsored walk. The new route passes through the Last of the Summer Wine country, starting at Hade Edge and including parts of the Kirklees Way, the Pennine Way and the Transpennine Trail.
Sue and Tony, from Rastrick have raised about £130,000 for the NSPCC over the last 20 years.
It includes tens of thousands of pounds raised over the last two years with two 35-mile hikes from Kirkbymoorside to Scarborough.
This time it’s 10 miles shorter and the couple hope it will raise £50,000.
They won the award for Services To Charity in last year’s Examiner Community Awards.
Tony said: “I wanted to organise a high profile event that would stir the public’s imagination, something that could take place in our beautiful county and help raise awareness and funds for the NSPCC at the same time – hence the Hack.”
“The walk covers some of the wonderful features of the South Pennines and the Peak District.
The new route will take you over striking moorland and through sheltered valleys.
“Walkers can also expect to see plenty of wildlife along the route.”
The Hack took its first steps in 2005 and within two years had become a landmark in walkers’ diaries.
The NSPCC is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.
It runs 180 projects and services throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, helping 10,000 children and their families every year.
These services include the NSPCC helpline, a 24-hour freephone number (0808 800 5000) that people can call for help and advice about child abuse.
Information about the walk includes:
It is not for novices and open only to people aged over 18.
It will take about 12 hours, but some walkers may complete it in eight.
The highest spot is Black Hill at 1,903ft, on the moors above Holmfirth.
The lowest point is at Torside Reservoir at 603ft, on the Woodhead Pass in Derbyshire.
There are three checkpoints.
Computer monitoring of walkers’ progress is available, with predicted timing for individual arrivals at each checkpoint.
Free bananas and spring water will be provided for walkers, who can also buy other refreshments, such as sandwiches and even cappuccinos en route.
There will be marshals along the route.
There will also be a full medical back-up team, with ambulances.
Radio contact will be between all checkpoints and the control centre.
The average daytime temperature for September is 17°C, classed as good walking weather.
Anyone wanting to take part in the challenge should visit www.canuhackit.co.uk for a registration form or contact the NSPCC Appeals Team on 0113 2299 313. The registration fee is £12.50 and includes refreshments along the route.
Once the registration is complete entrants will receive a walker’s pack, outlining their start time and giving further details of the route.
Walkers can then begin collecting sponsorship pledges from friends, family and colleagues.
All sponsorship money will go directly to the NSPCC.