Couple drum up support for Bingley girl Grace

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A couple are drumming up support for a girl with a rare condition.

Steve Janetta and partner Marina Waymouth are walking 100 miles around West Yorkshire – playing a drum.

Their effort is to back nine-year-old Bingley girl Grace Hitchens – who has a life-limiting neurodegenerative condition, Niemann Pick Type C – and raise funds for her charities, Niemann Pick UK and Martin House Hospice.

Mr Janetta, a drumming teacher in Baildon, said: “I heard about Grace’s condtion through her aunt, whom I teach. Our aim is to raise £10,000 for the charities, which have provided tremendous support to the family.”

The couple began their week-long challenge on Monday. They aim to walk through Wilsden, Cullingworth, Haworth and Oakworth – and reach Keighley – today, and continue to Steeton and Silsden and into Wharfedale tomorrow.

To donate, visit or text DRUM52 followed by the amount to 70070. Visit Facebook/graces-wish to follow their progress.

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