A YOUNG charity walker overcame the cold conditions when he took part in a gruelling trek across Calderdale to help raise funds in memory of his grandad.
Ethan Crowther, of Woodhouse, Brighouse, took part in the 13-mile Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk along with his mum Lisa, friends and family.
The nine-year old began the walk along with 552 other participants at the North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax.
His grandad, Rodney, died almost eight years ago. He was taken care of by Overgate Hospice and since then the family has supported the hospice with a variety of fund raising efforts.
Mum Lisa said: “We were planning on doing the walk and Ethan asked if he could do it too. He was only one when his grandad died and we thought he was too young for the walk but he said he wanted to do it for Overgate because of the way the home looked after grandad.
“There was no stopping him after that.”
The Woodhouse Primary school pupil was one of the youngest to take part in the event and was supported by other walkers.
Ethan said: “I am really happy to have done the walk. The hardest bit was walking up Southowram Bank.
“There were some other walkers who stayed with us and helped us along.
“The teachers at my school are really proud and my friends said the walk will have got me ready for my PE lessons.
“I am very happy with the £100 we have raised and I hope to take part again next year.”
The walk in the hospice’s 30th year started with the scaling of Southowram bank before a first refreshment stop at Central Methodist Church in Bighouse, before the walkers made their way to Elland via Rastrick before going on to West Vale, Siddal and back to Halifax
Organiser Lauren Ingram thanked everyone who took part. “The weather stayed fine all night and everyone seemed to be in great spirits even if the route was a little challenging,” she said.
The walk was sponsored by After Accident Care and volunteers marshalled the route and made sure the walkers were safe. Medevent provided first aid support.