Sponsored walk to benefit three Harrogate charities

Three local charities are the beneficiaries of this year’s annual Ashville College sponsored walk.

More than 700 pupils, parents and teachers walked the 10 mile route, raising funds for Harrogate and District Kidney Patient Support Group, Harrogate branch of the National Autism Society and the Harrogate office of The Carers’ Resource to help its work with young carers in the district.

Since the first sponsored walk was held 30 years ago, just short of £500,000 has been raised for many local and international charities.

Ashville College teacher Julie Dekanski, who helps co-ordinate the sponsored walk, said: “This is the school’s most important fundraising event of the year and one that everyone looks forward to.

“The charities we are supporting this year have been chosen by the pupils for the work they do in and around the Harrogate area.

“We believe the amount raised from this year’s walk will be in the region of £20,000, which is just incredible.

“This year we were lucky the weather was on our side as it made the 10 miles to Long Liberty Farm and back so much more enjoyable.”

Other local charities to have benefitted from recent walks include St James’ Teenage Cancer Unit, Leeds Methodist Children’s Holidays, Disability Action Yorkshire and Berwick Grange Methodist Home for the Aged.