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Play centre team's climbing challenge for young Harry

Harry Halpin.
Harry Halpin.
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A group of kind-hearted souls from Clitheroe are climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Sunday to raise funds for a young boy who suffers from an incurable muscle wasting disease.

Adele Aspinwall from Clitheroe, and her 24-strong team from Leaping Lizards Play Centre, are raising money for one of her best friend's sons Harry Halpin.

Some of the Harry's Hikers team.

Some of the Harry's Hikers team.

Six-year-old Harry suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an incurable muscle-wasting disease.

Adele, whose husband Martin is also taking 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 Hikers", are raising money to help Harry and others with this terrible disease, by climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - a distance of 24.5 miles. The team hope to complete the challenge in under 12 hours.

Anyone who would like to support the team should visit Virgin Money Giving and search for Harry's Hikers.

The team have so far raised £2,073 of their £2,500 target. All the funds raised will be donated to Duchenne UK.