THE Peak District will be the setting for one of its biggest walks in April when more than 2,000 people are expected to take to the hills in memory of Jane Tomlinson.
Routes of 24, 12 or five miles will be offered, taking in some of the Hope Valley’s most stunning scenery, including Jacob’s Ladder and Mam Tor.
The Peak District Walk for All, on Sunday, April 29, follows the success of last year’s Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival, which raised funds for The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, set up to help children’s and cancer charities. The walk will be launched today (Thursday) at the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn in Castleton.
Before her death from breast cancer at the age of 43 in 2007, Jane Tomlinson raised £1.85m through a series of incredible physical challenges, and her husband Mike Tomlinson and three children are aiming to reach £5m. So far £3m has been raised.
The radiographer, from Leeds, was a student at Hallam University.
Walk For All events director Sara Birkinshaw said: “Jane Tomlinson herself studied in Sheffield, and the Peak District and particularly the Hope Valley were close to her heart. In looking for our next Walk For All, we knew that the Peak District would offer our supporters a stunning day out and also enable us to help a host of local South Yorkshire and Peak District charities.”
The Peak District Walk is being aimed at all ages and fitness levels and will raise money for organisations such as Edale Mountain Rescue, Cash for Kids, Breast Cancer Campaign, Macmillan Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Bluebell Wood hospice, Heart Research UK and The Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Entries are being taken at www.forall events.co.uk.
It will be part of a walking and outdoor festival, co-ordinated by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and starting on April 22, two days before the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass. There will be more than 120 events and walks across the area until May 6, many of them free.
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