‘I’m the man to walk 1,000-miles’

David Fotheringham - walking 1,000 miles for Ravenscliffe High School.

David Fotheringham - walking 1,000 miles for Ravenscliffe High School.

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A man who has dropped seven stone is walking 1,000-miles to raise money to build a new sixth form centre for Calderdales’ only special high school.

David Fotheringham, 36, of Savile Park, Halifax, is so inspired by the work of Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax, staff during employment visits he wanted to do something to help the special school achieve their dream to build a new £3m sixth form and community centre at nearby Spring Hall.

Lloyds Banking Group employee and Scotsman David is a fan of the band Proclaimers and that’s where the idea to walk 1,000-miles was born.

“Being a Scotsman, I’m a fan of the Proclaimers and they sang ‘I would walk 500-miles’ - and 500 more so that’s what I decided to do.”

In nine months, David has lost an impressive seven-stone and now weighs 17-stone.

“The challenge combines two great elements - I’m losing weight and getting fitter and I’m raising money for fantasic kids andan inspiring school.

“If you’d have said I would be doing this a year ago I wouldn’t have believed you. I love walking now.”

David has already walked 300-miles and hopes to smash his target of £1,000 for 1,000-miles by the end of the year.

To sponsor David and Ravenscliffe donate to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidfotheringham or virginmoneygiving.com/bigwalkingweekend

On April 26, he will walk in Ravenscliffe’s Spring Walk for Spring Hall - a community walk to raise money to specially equip the centre.

The public is invited to take part in the sponsored walk starting from Brighouse or Hebden Bridge and meeting at Copley Cricket Club, Copley, Halifax, at 4pm. To get involved call Ravenscliffe on 01422 358621.