Towpath walk will not go ahead this month

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An annual charity walk which has raised thousands of pounds over the years for Overgate Hospice will not be held this August Bank Holiday because organiser Angela Curran is hanging up her walking boots for a year.

Angela organised the first walk in 2007 after her husband Nigel Curran died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 39.

The canalside walk, from the Red Rooster pub at Brookfoot to the Moorings in Sowerby Bridge, was such a success that it became an annual event.

Since then the Brighouse Friends of Overgate Hospice have raised more than £250,000 at a variety of events.

Angela said: “The walk has been very successful but I have a lot of things going on at the moment and for a variety of reasons I decided not to do so much fund-raising this year.

“Overgate Hospice knows I am not holding the walk on August 25 and I’m trying to let people know. Bbut there might be some people who just turn up on the day and I want to get the message out that the walk is not being held.”

Last year more than 100 people took part in the walk and about £700 was raised. In the past Angela has also helped to organise fashion shows, a music festival and other events.

l A Rainbow of Ribbons is being held at Overgate Hospice, Elland, on Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm. People will have the chance to dedicate a ribbon and see it in the hospice garden.