NEARLY 140 walkers put their best foot forward to tackle ‘The Three Peaks of Saddleworth’ and raise more than £9,000 for two deserving charities.
Young people from Mahdlo Youth Zone were joined on the walk by local business people and members of the community for the 20-mile trek.
The challenging walk took in Indian’s Head, Pots and Pans, and Wharmton Hill and helped to raise the funds for Mahdlo and POINT (Parents of Oldham in Touch).
Those taking part included the charities, GMP and local businesses including Team Spirit, Ribble Packaging, Web Applications UK, local Tesco stores and Capita Translation and Interpreting.
There was even a group of international students from the USA and Australia who took part during their internships with CRCC Asia.
The walkers were spurred on at checkpoints along the way, with a picnic at Dovestone Sailing Club and a post-walk BBQ at Saddleworth Rangers where everyone signed a banner commemorating the event.
Claire Crossfield, Development Manager at Mahdlo Youth Zone, said: “What an incredible day! We can’t thank the walkers enough. They challenged themselves and pushed on even when it got tough.
“They have raised thousands of pounds that will have a direct and positive impact on the young people of Oldham.
“It was fantastic to see local businesses and members of the community coming together for what was a truly special event.”
Andrew Robinson, CEO of POINT, added: “The Three Peaks was challenging, especially for a novice walker like me!
“However when you know the difference that every penny will make to families, children and young people in Oldham, it makes the blisters worthwhile.
“The monies raised for POINT will help families of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in Oldham to access essential Information, advice and support.”
The ‘Three Peaks of Saddleworth’ walk was sponsored by The Bloxham Charitable Trust, Clearwater International, Ribble Packaging, The Holroyd Foundation and James Scott.
Mahdlo Youth Zone, based on Egerton Street in Oldham, is open seven days a week offering activities for young people across Oldham aged 8-19 (up to 25 with a disability). Find out more on their website: http://mahdloyz.org
POINT is a forum of Parents and Carers of children and young people with disabilities aged 0-25 years in Oldham. Find out more on their website: http://pointoldham.co.uk