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July 4th 2019

Selby Hands of Hope held its fifth fundraising walk which saw eight hot hikers take on a 38 mile-trek from Selby Abbey, York, raising £500 for the charity.

John Logue, Samantha Harris, Peter Franks, Marc Wells, Steve Howard, Mat Nelson, Richard Gladwell and Richard Singh made up the team; with five of them taking on a walk of this size for the very first time.

The group completed the challenge over two days, walking 25 miles on Saturday, June 29 and a further 13 miles on Sunday, June 30.

The high temperatures on Saturday gave the group an additional challenge, and legs and feet were said to be sore, but the encouragement to each other ensured morale remained high.

The fundraisers were joined by some of their children for the final five miles of the hike and were delighted to arrive back to Selby Abbey to well-deserved welcome from family, friends and Star Wars characters from Imperial Support Group.

Noel Hill, Sharon Ayre and friends added a memorable moment to the event and raised an additional £93.44 for the charity.

Richard Singh, chairman of Selby Hands of Hope thanked all the people who came to see the group home and offered words of support, saying it made a “massive difference”.

Richard said: “Thanks to Andrew Harris at Protection Hound for sponsoring the event, as well as Steve and Sue at the Greyhound Inn, Riccall for the food and hospitality on Sunday. Audrey Whittaker and Ian Hamer both provided the support vehicle over the two days and quite simply without them none of us would have been able to finish.

“Massive thanks to Mat Nelson, who jumped in at the last minute to plot the route and do the recce, and was acting once again as the group medic.”

Richard gave his congratulations and thanks to all the walkers, who raised over £500 and also raised vital awareness for Selby Hands of Hope.

He added: “ I am honoured to have walked with you all. The sense of humour and team spirit within the group really got us all through a very tough 38 miles, which is the equivalent of walking from the White Horse, Kilburn to Selby, or for the football fans, Sheffield Wednesday FC to Selby Abbey!.”

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