A CHARITY worker is getting to grips with a new sport to raise money for a good cause.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance development officer Nicky de Whytell is taking part in the Nordic walking event at this weekend’s Examiner Charity Challenge.
The annual event in Meltham includes a Nordic walking route for the first time.
The sport, which is popular in continental Europe, involves walkers using poles to exercise the upper body muscles as well as the legs, burning off up to 40% more calories than conventional walking.
Nicky got her first taste of Nordic walking at a Kirklees Council-run session around Dalton on Wednesday.
She said: “It was a really good way to get some fresh air and exercise all parts of my body. Nordic walking appeals to me because it’s an innovative and unusual form of exercise.”
Nicky will take part in this Sunday’s walk with boyfriend Mike Massen to help raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
She said: “The charity needs £7,200 a day to keep both its helicopters and crews flying and saving lives across the region.
“This is the first sponsored event I’ve done since joining the Yorkshire Air Ambulance two years ago and I’m looking forward to a fun experience.
“I went to the charity challenge last year as a spectator and really enjoyed the community atmosphere, so I wanted to take part this year.”
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Nicky is just one of hundreds of people who will take part in Sunday’s Examiner Charity Challenge.
There will be routes for all ages and abilities, including the two-mile pushchair and wheelchair route at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir.
Walking, cycling and horse riding events take place from Meltham Sports and Community Centre at Mean Lane.
The Mayor of Kirklees Clr Karam Hussain will take on the seven-mile route in aid of the Laura Crane Trust and the Dewsbury Diabetic Clinic. To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/karamhussain
The Examiner will have a team at the event, with 20 people tackling the seven-mile walk for the Anthony Nolan Trust. The staff are raising money in memory of their late colleague Adrian Sudbury, who died of leukaemia last August, aged 27.
To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/examiner
Players and coaches from the university’s Huddersfield Hawks American football team are doing the four-mile walk in their kit for the Laura Crane Trust.
Clare Norman, vice-treasurer of Slaithwaite Community Association, is leading a team on the challenge to raise funds for the group.
Six pupils from All Saints Catholic College in Bradley Bar are taking part in the event to raise money for a school trip to the French town of Lourdes.
Anyone who has pre-registered should bring their sponsorship forms and £3 entrance fee on the day. People are also welcome to turn up on the day and take part. They must pay £10, with £5 returned when they complete the route.
For more information call organiser Bob Armitage on 07802 900 653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org