Farmers walk for cancer campaign

From left, Richard Schofield, Helen Bury and Colin Townson are walking  from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Slaidburn for cancer charities
From left, Richard Schofield, Helen Bury and Colin Townson are walking from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Slaidburn for cancer charities
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A group of Ribble Valley farmers whose lives have been touched by cancer are planning to walk 80 miles 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.

However, Richard, of Tosside, subsequently got chatting about the idea to Colin Townson, of Westcoast 4X4, in Clitheroe, who said he would love to do the walk too.

“I then bumped into one or two others like Helen Bury, neé Parker, who lost her mother to cancer and has had cancer herself, and Helen said she would like to do it as well and it has developed from there,” Richard explained. “Even those who cannot do the walk are offering their help.”

Two vans have already 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.

As well as supporting cancer charities, the walk will raise awareness of rural communities.

Those who are walking the full distance will meet on Sunday, July 27th, at the Moorcock pub, Eggleston, Middleton-in-Teesdale. they are expecting to make their way back to Slaidburn on Friday, August 1st.

“A few people will walk the full distance while others are planning to walk for one or two days or even half a day,” Richard explained.

Anyone who would like to take part in the walk should contact Richard, Colin or Helen for a sponsor form. They can also register for the walk at the two vans accompanying walkers.

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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 event will raise funds for Hodder Valley Show. It will also celebrate the walkers’ achievements with a proportion of the funds raised donated to the cause.

This ticket-only event starts at 6-30 pm with tickets costing £15. There will be a hog roast, bar, charity auction and entertainment by the Wayne Farrow and Band. There will also be optional rally style judging with a maximum of eight per team.

For details and tickets contact Colin Townson on 01200 429980/07976 252191, Richard Schofield on 01729 840589/07563 701677, Christine Parkinson on 07815 099748, Rachel Mason on 01200 446670, Julie Harrison on 07870 454621 or Mark Blakey on 07711 082728.