Group of farmers put best foot forward for a very worthy cause

Farmers Walk for Cancer Charities set off. (s)
Farmers Walk for Cancer Charities set off. (s)

A group of Ribble Valley farmers whose lives have been touched by cancer have set off on an 80 mile walk through the Yorkshire Dales to raise funds for cancer charities and, at the same time, raise awareness of rural communities.

Richard Schofield, a sheep shearing tutor for the British Wool Marketing Board, had always fancied walking from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Slaidburn – an area he knows well through work. He lost his father Stephen, aged 74 to throat cancer in 2012 and originally suggested the walk to his wife, Jennifer.

As word got around, Richard, of Tosside, was joined by Colin Townson, of Westcoast 4X4, in Clitheroe, Helen Bury, neé Parker, who lost her mother to cancer and has had cancer herself, and many others.

The walkers set off from Middleton-in-Teesdale Auction Mart on Monday morning and are expected to make their way back to Slaidburn on Friday August 1st.

Two vans have been donated by West Bradford-based Horner Shearing and Colin Townson, to transport walkers’ equipment. Also keen to support the cause, Peter Nelson, of P&S Travel has donated the use of his luxury minibuses to transport walkers to and from their cars.

Anyone who would like to take part in the walk can register at the two vans accompanying walkers, while donations can be made via

The total amount raised by the walk will be announced at the Hodder Valley Show on Saturday September 13th.

The walk will finish at the Hodder Valley Show’s 70th celebrations at Parrack Head, Slaidburn. Keep up-to-date with daily updates on Facebook by searching for Farmers Walk For Cancer Charities.

The 70th celebrations will raise funds for Hodder Valley Show, but will also celebrate the walkers’ achievements with a proportion of the funds raised donated to the cause.