Delph teenager to take on 108-mile walking challenge for Francis House

A DETERMINED teenager from Delph is putting her best foot forward over 108 miles after setting herself a challenging charity walk.

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Matt Torr and daughter Aimee ahead of their 21-mile walk from Wessenden to Dale

Aimee Torr, 13, will take on the five-day trek from Hawes to Edale in July, with dad Matt by her side, and has already raised nearly £750 for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Aimee, who goes to Saddleworth School, explained: “My mum Nicky ran the Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge last year and I supported her, travelling alongside in the van 24 hours a day and helping with refreshments.

“That inspired me and I decided I wanted to do something myself. So I’ll be walking the same distance – 108 miles – over five days, and camping overnight.

“I’m raising money for Francis House Hospice as I think the work they do is really important. They are funded by donations so I want to do my bit to make sure it continues.”

Training has included six months of short and long walks to build up to the 21 miles a day target for the trek, and they will soon be adding two-day walks and camping overnight.

Image-1.pngOn the practice walks they are being supported by Chris Maylor, author of ‘Saddleworth Discovery Walks’ who also completed the Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge.

Dad Matt, who is chairman of Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, is delighted with their progress so far, after they completed a 21-mile walk from Wessenden to Edale.

He said: “It was a long but stunning day and we made it to Edale in just over 10 hours.

“Training is going well – but it’s very different doing five days back to back!

“We’ve done some walks in bad weather so we’re prepared for that but we’re hoping for some nice conditions for the challenge in July.”

Aimee is making an online diary of her walks in preparation for Challenge 108, which can be viewed on her Youtube Channel. Find out more about Aimee’s challenge on Facebook.com/challenge108 or make a donation to support her on her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Challenge108

 

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