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185 Huddersfield Town fans – including the Club’s Chairman Dean Hoyle, Commercial Director Sean Jarvis, Club Ambassador Andy Booth and Academy Manager Mark Lillis – took part in the latest ‘Keep It Up’ campaign challenge on Saturday; ‘Walk for Pounds’, a sponsored 19 mile walk from YAA’s airbase at Nostell Priory in Wakefield to the John Smith’s Stadium!
The walk, which was sponsored by Club partners Thornhill Dental Surgery raised funds for the Club’s ‘Keep It Up’ campaign which benefits the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Town Academy, with each £1 donated being split 50p for each cause.
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle commented:
“We had another superb Walk for Pounds event on Saturday and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part.
“After six excellent years, the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign is still going from strength to strength and it was great to see record numbers complete the walk and raise good money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and our Academy.
“As well as our walkers, I would also like to thank the volunteers who helped the walk go so seamlessly, as well as everyone who dug deep to sponsor one of the walkers; you’re making a real difference for two great causes.”
Walkers registered at PPG Canalside at 5.15am, ate breakfast then travelled onto Nostell Priory on coaches kindly provided by Stotts coaches, with entrants finally setting off on the walk at 7am.
The route took them through Wakefield and Horbury, with the day’s designated stopping point 10 miles in at Thornhill Dental Surgery. The event sponsors put on tea and coffee for the walkers, and handed out flapjacks provided by Total Food Service and bottled water from Ice Valley (pictured above).
After travelling through Thornhill and onto Leeds Road via Kirkheaton, the first walkers were back at PPG Canalside by noon, with all 185 arriving before 2.15pm. Volunteers from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were on hand to distribute ‘I completed the Walk’ t-shirts, and after a rousing speech from Commercial Director Sean Jarvis, they travelled en masse on Leeds Road into the Stadium for their lap of honour at 2.40pm.
The walkers received plenty of support on social media throughout the day, to see some of the messages just search the hashtag #walkforpounds on twitter!
So far, over £1million has been raised for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign through events such as Walk for Pounds, and we want to build on that total even more this season!