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Mammoth challenge to raise charity cash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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A GROUP of friends are undertaking a series of challenges to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and raise vital cash for charity.

Steve McKendrick and several others will be joining forces on June 8 and 9 to take part in a raft of different events, which will also be helping to raise funds for four different charities.

An attempt to run the length of the new 75-mile National Forest Way in under 24 hours will take place alongside a team of cyclists travelling 70 miles to visit several old Second World War airfields in Midlands and a team of horse riders doing a 70-mile equestrian cross country ride around the Catton Hall Estate.

More than 70 pupils from Thomas Russell Junior School, in Barton under Needwood, will be undertaking a 70-length swimming relay and another group are canoeing the River Trent from Shugborough Hall to Catton Hall, along with members of the Burton Venture Trust.

Mr McKendrick said: “We wanted to mark the 70th anniversary of D-day by doing something unusual and to raise funds for some of the less well-known charities supporting servicemen and their families.

“We’re asking people to sponsor us with all the monies we raise being split between, Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Family Activity Breaks and the Royal British Legion.

“Having done 24-hour long-distance runs every year for the last three years we couldn’t resist it when we heard about the new National Forest Way.”

Andrew Cook, head of fund-raising at Walking with the Wounded, said: “What an extraordinary event – reading the group’s briefing document really left me speechless.

“It’s absolutely brilliant and we cannot thank Steve and the group enough for allowing the charity to be part of such a great initiative.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about the events, or to donate, is being urged to visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/70-70event

All the teams will rendezvous at 3pm on Sunday, June 8, at Catton on completion of their different activities to celebrate their achievements.

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