Reporter BARRY GIBSON joined hundreds of walkers answering the fundraising call of child cruelty charity NSPCC on a 25-mile walk from Hade Edge
NINE-HUNDRED feet are hurting today.
And two of them are mine.
Along with 450 others, I took part in the NSPCC’s Hike Against Cruelty to Kids (HACK) on Saturday.
The 25-mile walk started from Huddersfield Sailing Club at Hade Edge on a circular route through the south Pennines and the Peak District.
The charity raised more than £75,000 from the weekend event – up from £55,000 gained from last year’s HACK in North Yorkshire.
Most of the cash will go to supporting the Shield Project at New North Parade in Huddersfield, which aims to prevent children from sexually abusing other children.
Among the walkers was professional magician Les Diamond.
The Isle of Man-based 58-year-old was walking with his son-in-law Jason Haigh, 36, from Slaithwaite.
Les completed the route despite carrying an injury.
He explained: “I sprained my ankle this morning getting out of bed. The paramedics have bandaged it up for me, but it will be hurting tomorrow.”
Kirklees Council workers Joanna Bell, 23, from Linthwaite and Katie Harrop, 25, from Mount also took part in the walk.
Katie explained their reason for helping the NSPCC.
She said: “We work in child care law and we deal with cases of child cruelty so it’s a big deal for us.”
Meltham couple Joan Brownson, 50, and David Ibberson, 61, also tackled the HACK.
Joan said: “We’ve been going to the gym and doing walks in the Holme Valley to prepare for today. Climbing Black Hill was difficult, but we managed it without falling out with each other!”
David added: “This is the first charity walk we’ve done and it was certainly a challenge, but we wanted to raise money to help vulnerable children.”
Brighouse man Tony Thomas organised the walk.
He was delighted with how it went. Tony said: “We had more than 70 volunteers helping on the day to ensure walkers were given the support they deserve for attempting such a challenge.
“The efforts of those taking part this year has raised a substantial amount to help vulnerable and abused children.”
And Tony also paid tribute to other groups who helped out.
He said: “As well as the sailing club and Woodhead Mountain Rescue, we’d like to thank Simon Blyth Estate Agent in Huddersfield, Shepley Spring and Barclays Bank for their generous support.”
The NSPCC plans to use the same route next year.
And Simon Tunstall, commodore of Huddersfield Sailing Club, will be happy to host the HACK again.
He said: “It’s all run very smoothly and the NSPCC’s volunteers have organised it very well. Thirty of our members have also helped out at the start and finish point.
“We hope to have the HACK here next year on the same weekend as our club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.”