Final canal-side walk to raise cash for people with Rett Syndrome

The team due to carry out this summer's walk for people with Rett Syndrome line up alongside Estelle Dickinson. From left at the back: Stephen Waddilove, Megan Lawrence, Mike Govier, Vicci Salmons, Debbie Shipley and Graydon Thatcher. From left at the

The team due to carry out this summer's walk for people with Rett Syndrome line up alongside Estelle Dickinson. From left at the back: Stephen Waddilove, Megan Lawrence, Mike Govier, Vicci Salmons, Debbie Shipley and Graydon Thatcher. From left at the

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THE third and final instalment of a 127-mile walk to help people with a rare neurological disorder takes place this month.

The last Walk for Estelle will trek along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to raise cash for people with the degenerative condition Rett Syndrome. The annual walks were started in 2012.

The walkers will include Thwaites Brow dad Alistair Dickinson, whose 12-year-old daughter Estelle has Rett Syndrome.

He said: "I've taken the decision that this will be our final full length canal walk.

"This is because it's affecting the time Estelle and I have together. Training for a walk of this length begins five months in advance, and takes between 12 to 20 hours per week on top of my full-time job.

"The time spent away from home means less time with Estelle, and she has to be my priority."

Mr Dickinson and his fellow walkers – Graydon Thatcher, Debbie Shipley, Vicci Salmons & Stephen Waddilove – will start their charity trek on Wednesday, covering 127-miles in four days, backed by a support team comprising Mike Govier and Janine MacPearson.

Three other fundraisers will walk for two days, and everyone is invited to join in for the walk's last day, July 12, from Skipton to Leeds.

The walk raised £7,800 in its first year and £8,300 in 2013. Visit justgiving.com/teams/awalkforestelle2014 to donate.

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