Group steps out to help raise funds for autism

Cheryl Jones, left, and Tanya Kerry, who are doing a charity walk from Hebden Bridge to Halifax.
Cheryl Jones, left, and Tanya Kerry, who are doing a charity walk from Hebden Bridge to Halifax.

A group of walkers will step out to raise funds for autism.

More than 100 people have signed up for the ten miles walk from Hebden Bridge to Halifax in a bid to raise funds for Linden Brook Care Home and the Parent and Carers Council.

Among them is Tanya Kerry from Lightcliffe, whose son Freddie is autistic.

“I wanted to get involved as I have a vested interest with Freddie. This year though instead of the walk being along the canal it will be on the roadside so we can generate more interest and raise awareness. I know some people have agreed to do it in fancy dress.

“I’m quite looking forward to it. I enjoy walking and have been going out on various walks to prepare myself. I am aware of a number of people who are taking part including family.” The annual walk on Saturday, June 29, organised by Cheryl Jones of Copley is in its fourth year. “Cheryl is hoping to raise more than £5,000 so they can register as a charity. She started the walk after Ashton her son was diagnosed with autism in 2008,” said Tanya.

The group will meet outside the Central Library in Halifax at 10.30am and do a lap of the town with their buckets before getting on a train to Hebden Bridge. From there they will walk through Mytholmroyd, Luddenden and Sowerby Bridge through to King’s Cross and back into Halifax. It will finish at Halifax Catholic Church across from the Courier offices.

Cheryl said it wasn’t just about raising funds but about raising awareness which is why it had been moved to roadside. “I want people to understand the condition and the impact it has as it’s not a particularly visual disability so people don’t necessarily know a lot about it,” she said. “Hopefully we can raise awareness of autism and the money raised will be a bonus.”

The group has also had support from various businesses who have donated raffle prizes including Edward and Co in Brighouse. Anyone that would like to donate or take part can contact Cheryl on 07920136865 or email

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