Eight tackle 40 miles in 48hr Pennine challenge

TACKLING 40 miles of off-road rugged terrain, a team of eight walkers will spend two days on the Pennine Way next weekend to help ensure a therapy centre used by three boys is able to continue its work.

The walkers, all friends, staff or regulars at the Weavers Arms, Blind Lane, Todmorden, will, conditions permitting, complete their 20-mile a day challenge on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, their arrival back in Todmorden conciding with a day of events including a quiz, disco, raffle and auction at the pub on the Sunday.

Led by Steve Tyzzer, he and the other walkers - Leanne Gledhill, Billy Collier, Bathany Murray, Peter Horler, Rosemary Horler, Billy Randall and Janice Dawson - will be transported to their starting point courtesy of David Guest at Central Garage and will have an overnight stay to break their journey.

They are raising money for the Chorley-based Legacy Rainbow House, which is attended by Todmorden boys Andrew and Nathan Greenwood, and by Alex McPherson, whose aunt, Lynn Dewhirst also goes to the pub and is a quiz league team-mate of Steve’s.

Legacy Rainbow House specialises in providing services for children with brain injuries, disabilities or life limiting conditions.

All three children use condicive therapy techniques at Rainbow House, which has to fund itself and is asking the family of each person attending to raise £3,000 to allow its services to be maintained and expanded.

Steve said: “I’m always looking for a charity to do a walk for and I know Lynn from the Weavers’ quiz league team, and also know Andrew and Nathan’s mum Joanne and their grandad Pete, so I thought it would be a worthwhile cause.

“It’s great that the others are taking part in the walk with me.”

Sponsor forms are available from the Weavers and there is also a collecting jar there to receive contributions before and after the fun day, when everyone is invited to call in and enjoy themselves for a good cause.

Lynn added that a bucket collection for the appeal will also be taken at Halifax Rugby League team’s match on June 17, in a series of ongoing fundraising events.