John puts best foot forward to raise cash for T&A Crocus Appeal

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A FORMER Rotary president is dusting off his walking boots and stepping out in aid of the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal.

John Guest is taking part in the Rotary Club of Bradford's 17-mile walk on October 12, an event that is open to all.

The walk will start in Kettlewell and finish at Bolton Abbey, with drop-out points at Grassington and Burnsall for those who prefer a shorter distance.

Mr Guest, who handed over the Rotary Presidential reins last month, said: "The Rotary Club of Bradford is organising a walk to help in the raising of funds to support Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal. As before, donations are not related to miles walked. It is not a sponsored walk, donations are requested in advance and presented on the day."

He added: "The walk route follows the River Wharfe down for 17 miles through Grassington, Burnsall, Barden and through Strid Wood to Bolton Abbey. For those who prefer a shorter walk there are drop out points at Grassington and Burnsall. Transport will be provided to take walkers back to Bolton Abbey where they will receive their walk certificate."

Non-walkers are also asked to consider making a donation to the cause, said a Rotary spokesman.

It costs £12 to enter the walk - or £5 for those aged under 16 or in full-time education - and the fee covers the cost of the car park, coach fares, some refreshments, return transport from the selected drop-out point, route details, tips on getting donations and all you need to know about the walk.

Anyone who wants to take part should email for an entry form or more information, or visit the Rotary Club of Bradford's website.

Meanwhile, an extra £3,000 has been raised for the Crocus Appeal at a Yorkshire Day Dinner at the Dubrovnik Hotel in Bradford. A total of £1,355 was raised on the night through ticket sales, a raffle, auction and individual donations.

Two local businessmen - Michael Pix and Brendan Holt - doubled it to £2,710, and then businesswoman Janet Pickles added on £290 to take the total to £3,000.

A spokesman for the event said: "It was an excellent result."

The T&A is working with the University of Bradford, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust to raise £1 million for the discovery and development of new cancer medicines at the university's Institute of Cancer Therapeutics.

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