Dylan's 80-mile walk for hospice
A grateful Clitheroe schoolboy is lacing his boots to complete an almost 80-mile trek in four days in memory of his 'grandpa'.
Ten-year-old Dylan Whiteley will embark on a very personal walking challenge with his dad, Lee, on Friday with an aim of raising £500 for the East Lancashire Hospice.
The Edisford Primary School pupil is set to complete the Ribble Way from Longton, Preston, to the Yorkshire Dales – a total of 78.5 miles over four days.
But his charity efforts don’t end here as two weeks later he will make a splash for charity by swimming 250m in the children’s leg of the Great North Swim.
The open water swim challenge in Lake Windermere is the equivalent to 10 lengths of a standard 25m pool and Dylan’s mum, Nicola, will be joining her son in the water.
Nicola said: “My dad, Barry Webb, died in the hospice aged 67 in March 2014. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“Dylan was very close to his Grandpa and knows that the hospice looked after him and us after he died.
“Dylan, along with his six-year-old sister, Melody, myself and my husband have been raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice since we lost my dad. The care my dad and we, as a family, received was invaluable. Dylan knows how much money they need to raise per year to stay open, which is why he wants to continue to raise money for them.”
She added: “I am so proud of Dylan. He is extremely fit and enjoys walking so is excited about the Ribble Way challenge. His teachers and peers think he is amazing.”
Big-hearted Dylan is no stranger to fundraising. Last year he completed the 250m open water challenge in Lake Windemere raising hundreds for the hospice.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Dylan can do so by logging onto www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dylanschallenge