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Out on a Limb's charity canalside walk raises £4,000
Amputees have helped raise over £4,000 with a sponsored walk from Bradford to Steeton.
The Airedale and Bradford Out On A Limb support group staged the event, which covered a 16.3-mile route along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath.
Many amputees with family and friends completed the course, which ended at Steeton Hall Hotel, within eight hours.
Sponsorship was provided by law firm Irwin Mitchell.
Company spokesman Sarah Coles, who specialises in cases involving people injured as a result of clinical negligence, said: “Out On A Limb is a fantastic charity which I know many of our clients at Irwin Mitchell receive valuable help and support from in what is often the most difficult part of their lives, as they come to terms with the effect major surgery has had.
“We funded the cost of a minibus and printed posters and sponsorship forms to help the event get underway but we are in awe at the way everyone encouraged each other around the route and were determined to complete the course and raise as much as possible.”
Proceeds will enable the charity to provide specialist equipment, such as temporary ramps, to amputees recently discharged from hospital as well as information and practical help to get their lives back on track.
The event was also supported by Keighley Town Council, Steeton Hall Hotel, The Fishermans at Bingley, The Marquis of Granby at Riddlesden and The White Lion at Kildwick.
David Rushworth, chairman of Airedale and Bradford Out On A Limb, said: “Despite terrible rain we were impressed by the dedication and fundraising spirit of everyone who took part. More than 20 people walked the whole 16.3 miles with others in wheelchairs being pushed by relatives or carers. It was a great atmosphere and we enjoyed stopping off at three pubs along the way to recharge our batteries.
“It was really inspiring to see so many people challenge themselves, particularly one amputee who was fitted with her prosthetic leg just a few months ago but walked almost the whole route. An amputee who was recently discharged from the rehabilitation unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary also took part with his daughter and three grandchildren.
“We are really grateful to generous sponsors like Irwin Mitchell and those who helped boost our fundraising pot because without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue the life-changing work we do.”