A CHARITY is hoping that riders will mount up for this year’s Examiner Charity Challenge to raise lots of money.
Staff at Kirkwood Hospice in Dalton hope people will take advantage of the number of fun ways of taking part in the fundraiser on May 18. These include horse riding, cycling and walking.
A team from the hospice hope to raise money towards its care for people from Kirklees facing life-threatening illness.
Kate Leadbeater, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “There are lots of ways people can take part. They can ride horses or even walk with their dogs – we want to encourage them to join in in any way they can.
“We are also appealing to people to support us and raise money on our behalf.
“We need to raise £3.4m this year to keep the doors of the hospice open. We get just 20% in funding from the Primary Care Trusts, which means that we need to raise £2.7m ourselves.
“If we didn’t have the support of the community then we wouldn’t survive, so we’re hoping that lots of people will help by supporting us in this year’s challenge.”
The Meltham-based event has a variety of routes which cater for people of all levels of fitness and ability.
As well as the horse riding route, there are four cycle rides, a family friendly walk, a wheelchair and pushchair route and a challenging trek.
Thousands of pounds are expected to be raised in the annual challenge, which is organised by the Examiner and Huddersfield Lions.
Last year 89 charities benefited from the challenge and more than £40,000 was raised.
In total, about £500,000 has been given to worthy causes since the fundraising event began.
We have received hundreds of entries for the challenge so far, but we still need more.
An entry form is printed on the right and further copies are available at the www.examiner.co.uk website or from the Examiner office at Queen Street South, Huddersfield.