RETIRED police officer Derek Oldfield is raising funds for his grandson.

The 75-year-old will take part in the Examiner Charity Challenge in May to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

His grandson James Wootton, 16, from Wakefield, lives with the condition. Derek, who lives near Denby Dale, said: “James’s mot her has to give him physio every day and every evening and he has to take a lot of medication.

“James plays football and cricket which helps keep his lungs clear and he’s done the Junior Great North Run twice.”

Derek, who grew up in Newsome, will also be taking part in the charity challenge in memory of Thomas Grimshaw. The 15-year-old pupil of St John Fisher Catholic High School in Dewsbury died from cystic fibrosis last September.

Derek said: “I knew Thomas through a cystic fibrosis support group. He wasn’t bad until near the end.”

Derek will be doing the seven-mile walk at the charity challenge for the second time. He said: “I did it last year and really enjoyed it, though I was struggling towards the end.”

Derek will be joined by fellow fundraiser Barry Rhodes from Liversedge, who lost a colleague to cystic fibrosis 18 years ago.

The disease clogs the body’s vital organs with a sticky mucus. This year the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is spending £6.5m on clinical trials to find a healthy replacement for the fault gene which causes the disease.

Derek said: “People don’t tend to know about cystic fibrosis until it effects them directly. We must find a cure.”

To sponsor Derek call 01226 791 935 or email

The Examiner Charity Challenge takes place on Sunday, May 17 from Meltham Sports and Community Centre on Mean Lane. There will be routes to suit all ages and abilities.

Walkers can choose between a four-mile and seven-mile route. And, to celebrate the challenge’s 20th anniversary, there will be a 20km (12.5 mile) walk. 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. The challenge will also feature a two-mile pushchair and wheelchair route starting at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir. Thirty charities have already signed up to take part.

For more information call Bob Armitage on 07802 900 653 or email