FRIENDS of a Huddersfield couple who set up a charity in memory of their young son have organised a fundraising hike.
The 10 pals will walk the 78-mile Dales Way in July in aid of The Joseph Salmon Trust.
Walk organiser Dan Hughes, 32, said: “None of us are particularly the outdoors type.
“The furthest some of us have walked in the past has been between pubs on a Saturday night.
“But we all feel so passionately about the cause that we jumped at the opportunity to help out.”
Marsh couple Neil and Rachael Salmon set up the charity following the death of their three-year-old son, Joseph, in April 2005.
The trust provides financial help with funeral and other associated costs for families who have lost children.
Mr Hughes added: “No one is ever prepared for the death of their child.
“And bereavement can have huge financial implications.
“The trust helps with funeral expenses and the cost of a headstone, and may be able to help with other financial problems such as enabling people who are self-employed to take some time off work.
“Grieving families have enough to deal with without worries about where they will find the money to say goodbye to their child or pay the next electricity bill.
“Nothing we can do can make their situation better, but The Joseph Salmon Trust can do something towards stopping it getting worse.”
The walkers will set off from Ilkley on July 23 and finish at Lake Windermere five days later.
“It’s going to be hard work,” said Mr Hughes.
“The first three days are all 16 miles long, so it’s going to be pretty gruelling.
“All of the expenses are being paid for out of our own pockets and we’ve tried to keep the costs low.
“This means we will be three or four to a room throughout the entire walk, so any snorers will become pretty unpopular!”
To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving. com/thedaleswalk or contact the charity on 01484 506249 or via the website, www.the josephsalmontrust.org.uk.
A blog has been set up to track the walkers’ progress at www.daleswalk.com.