By Richard Copley
Bradford City supporters and staff members joined forces last Saturday to brave wet and windy conditions and complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the Bradford Burns Unit.
The fundraising event, which was the brainchild of City kit man Graham Duckworth, saw participants walk up Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks mountains – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough to raise funds for the Bantams’ chosen charity.
Along with Graham, the club’s serial fundraiser was joined in particular by Youth Team coach Steve Thornber and Club Chiropodist Russell Kenningham. Despite the extremely challenging weather, all involved completed the course in respectable times.
Speaking after the walk, Graham said: “I hope everyone who took part (in the walk) had great fun doing it. It was a great achievement by everyone and I’d like to sincerely thank them all for getting involved.”
The exact total raised for the Burns Unit is not yet known but any amount put in will certainly add to the growing tally of money Graham has helped to raise for the Bradford-based research facility. The event was Graham’s second fundraising walk in just over a month following his successful trek from Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank Stadium to Valley Parade ahead of City’s final game of the season against Swindon Town, also in aid of the Burns Unit.
Graham, with the help of his Bantamstrek charity group, have now organised two walks between Sincil Bank and Valley Parade, plus two Three Peaks walking challenges. Last year Bantamstrek raised over £10,000. Bantamstrek have also recently announced that Bradford City forward James Hanson has become a patron.