A group of kind-hearted souls from Clitheroe have smashed their initial £1k target to raise almost £6,000 after climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks for a young boy who suffers from an incurable muscle wasting disease.
Adele Aspinwall from Clitheroe, and her 27-strong team from Leaping Lizards Play Centre, underwent the challenge to raise money for one of her best friend’s sons Harry Halpin.
Six-year-old Harry suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an incurable muscle-wasting disease.
Adele, whose husband Martin also took part in the challenge, said: “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a cruel muscle wasting disease and Harry is slowly losing the ability to walk.
“He uses a wheelchair part-time as he cannot walk long distances and struggles to keep up with his friends.
“Eventually, by the time he is 10 years old, he will be permanently in a wheelchair. The disease continues to affect upper body muscle strength and Harry will not be able to breathe unaided. Life expectancy is early 20’s.
“We are racing against time for a cure. Vital funds are needed if we are to make a meaningful breakthrough.”
Adele and her team, who have called themselves “Harry’s Hikers”, have so far raised almost £6k to help Harry and others with this terrible disease, by climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, a distance of 24.5 miles, in under 12 hours.
After completing the challenge, one of the walkers Richard Neave said: “Pain is temporary, achievement is forever and to complete it for such an amazing little boy and a fabulous cause made it worth all the aches and pains.”
Donations can still be made via: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Harryshikers&isTeam=true
All the funds raised are being donated to Duchenne UK.