Dynamic duo face tough tests for good causes

Debbie Story and Aimee Rhodes who are doing three challenges for three charities.
Debbie Story and Aimee Rhodes who are doing three challenges for three charities.

Brighouse accountant Debbie Story has set herself a series of challenges to help raise money for three charities.

The director at Sleigh and Story in Bradford Road, Brighouse, is hoping to complete three events later this year in aid of West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Overgate Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Amiee Rhodes doing her skydive last year

Amiee Rhodes doing her skydive last year

But she will no longer be doing it alone, she has roped in manager Aimee Rhodes.

The duo’s first task is the Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk on Saturday, September 14. There is two walks this year, one is 13 miles which Debbie and Aimee will complete, and a six mile route.

The walk is open to everyone and they are hoping to get more than 1,000 walkers this year taking part when it sets off from North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, at midnight.

The actual route is secret until the night of the event but people can pre-register for £5.

The second challenge is the Major Series which is a 5km obstacle race designed by British Armed Forces personnel for British Military Fitness. This is the one that Debbie is dreading and describes it as her “worst nightmare”.

It is held in Bramham Park near Leeds and will include muddy bogs, thick woods and river crossings as well as the infamous giant slide, spider’s web and the dreaded ice crawl.

The pairs final challenge will be fire walking in October which is being organised by Rachel Gough who runs Inspired Marketing in Hipperholme.

Debbie, 41, said she has always supported both of the hospices and decided to add the air ambulance following the number of accidents on the M62. “I am really excited because I like a challenge. Doing the skydive last year appears to have brought out the adrenaline junkie in me,” she said. “We are in a great position where we can make a difference and do great things for three local charities.

“It is a privilege to be able to do them and be supported through them and give something back.” She said the skydive was her big goal when she turned 40 last year after she was inspired by Secret Millionaire Carl Hopkins at a Brighouse Link meeting. “I raised more than £1,500 and I realised I could make a difference so this is when I came up with this idea to do the three challenges for three charities.”

Debbie and Aimee will also have the support of some of their colleagues on two of the tasks, The Major Series and the Overgate Midnight Walk.

To sponsor the team visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SleighandStory