Otley’s Town Mayor has officially started the countdown to this year’s Sport Relief weekend.

Councillor Pam Gill joined supporters and fundraisers at the town’s Sainsbury’s store yesterday which is sponsoring the event.

This year’s preparations will culminate in three action-packed days, from Friday, March 21, to Sunday, March 23.

Otley employee Michelle Holland also has her own fundraising challenge in the pipeline – a walk up England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike on April 6 which she hopes will bring in £500 for the cause.