WALKERS have taken steps to raise cash for a health charity.

More than 40 people combined to take on two challenges organised by Better Lives, the official charity of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The first event saw a group complete the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Participants finished the 24.5-mile route – which takes in Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside – in 13 hours, with around £3,500 raised so far.

Walkers included care trust staff, friends and family, plus employees from construction company PEC, the charity’s official sponsor.

The second challenge was a 16-mile walk – to mark World Mental Health Day – along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath, from Skipton to Saltaire.

To date, it has coined-in about £1,250.

Proceeds from both events will support services provided by the care trust, enhancing patients’ experience.

Catherine Jowitt, head of charity and volunteering at the trust, said: “The challenges were tough, but everyone had a great time in the fresh air and really enjoyed taking on new activities for the charity.

“I want to say a big thank-you to all the walkers from the trust, community and PEC who took part. The NHS trust is able to go above and beyond the support it provides across the Bradford district because people get involved in these events, so we are very grateful.

“Special thanks also go to the Keighley and Skipton Morrisons community champions for donating refreshments and supporting the walkers at the events, and to the Marquis of Granby – in Riddlesden – and the Half Moon cafe at Saltaire which supported our World Mental Health Day walk.”

Donations can still be made via links on the Better Lives charity page, within the care trust website at bdct.nhs.uk, where details can also be found about the trust’s services.