A GROUP of walkers are taking on a moorland hiking challenge to raise money in memory of a late friend.
The group of 12 is taking part in the Lyke Wake Walk, a 40 mile walk across the North Yorkshire Moors, in under 24 hours, to raise money for the Meningitis Trust in memory of Eve Hoole, who tragically died at Christmas from the disease aged just 28.
Organiser Alan Quinn said: “Eve was married to my best friend Kieran. Her death was a huge shock. It was supposed to be their wedding anniversary the next week. It was a very hard time.”
Alan said he came up with the idea of doing the walk when thinking of something he could do to raise money in Eve’s memory.
He said: “I thought, ‘I’m not a good runner so I can’t do anything like that, but we go walking’, so I picked a walk, and it snowballed from there.”
He said the group, who were members of Spen Ex Servicemen’s Club, had been doing the walk in stages to get to know the terrain and what equipment they would need for each part.
He said: “It’s a long way. We go walking regularly and we are experienced but it’s going to be hard. We are setting off on July 15 at 8pm and walking through the night and hopefully finishing on Saturday afternoon.
“In some sections all we will have is a map and compass. It’s in the middle of nowhere.”
To sponsor the group, search for Eve Hoole at meningitis-trust.tributefunds.com/fund.
Eve’s family and friends have already raised thousands of pounds in her memory for the Meningitis Trust through fundraising events including a day at the hairdressing salon where she worked.
A fundraising bungee jump and party is taking place at the Star, Roberttown, next Friday. Visit www.roberttownvillage.org.uk for more details.