Over 25 fundraisers joined Burnley FC Chairman Mike Garlick for fundraising event, Walk to Huddersfield on the 2nd January.
In reversal of the route undertaken by Huddersfield fans in October, the 26-mile walk set off from Turf Moor with the walkers arriving at the John Smith’s stadium to enjoy Burnley FC’s evening 2-1 win over the Terriers.
So far, an incredible £20,500 has been raised (and this amount is still rising), an amount which will be split equally between Burnley FC in the Community and Alzheimer’s Society. There’s still time to sponsor the walkers via the Walk to Huddersfield Justgiving campaign here.
Burnley FC Chairman, Mike Garlick said: “I would like to thank the 25 walkers who accompanied me on the Walk to Huddersfield recently. It was fantastic to meet you all on the day and I am delighted that over £20,000 has been raised for two worthwhile causes, the club’s official charity Burnley FC in the Community and Alzheimer’s Society. It’s an incredible amount to have raised, funds that will help both organisations to carry out their vital charitable work in the East Lancashire region.”
Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, Sue Swire said: “What a fantastic achievement for all the walkers, despite some of them having dreadful problems with their feet, hips and generally being extremely tired they pushed on and completed the walk. It’s a massive achievement to walk over 20 miles, what amazing determination from the Claret walkers it was an absolute pleasure to be involved for the last five miles.”
“The money the walkers have raised will enable us to continue to reach for our goals. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them. Thank you so much selecting us as one of your charities.”
It was an early start for the walkers as they arrived at Turf Moor stadium bright and early for a 7:30am start before setting off for Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, following the scenic canal path to Elland and then on to Huddersfield.
Funds raised from the Walk to Huddersfield will support the charitable work of both Burnley FC in the Community and Alzheimer’s Society, with representatives from both organisations joining walkers for the event.
Burnley FC in the Community is the award-winning, official charity of Burnley Football Club engaging with over 27,000 community participants per annum. The mission of the charity is to inspire, support and deliver change to communities across East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Alzheimer’s Society aims to transform the landscape of dementia forever. With 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, the charity supports those affected and funds vital research into the condition.
To sponsor the walkers, visit the Walk to Huddersfield Justgiving page here. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Burnley FC in the Community hold a number of fundraising events throughout the course of the season, to find out more information click here.