Pools boss has issued a late call for football fans and keen walkers to join him on his next charity event for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
Having last year raised in excess of £100,000 when leading a group of 15 fundraisers to the 5,895m summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, the Fund is now taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as their next big event.
The Fund’s organisers originally set themselves an ambitious target of getting 300 people to join them in an attempt to trek up Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – a total distance of 26 miles and ascent of 1,600 metres – in just 12 hours.
So far more than 100 have signed up for the challenge on Saturday, June 21 – but Cooper wants more to join in and raise funds for children’s causes.
Those taking part are aged 13 to 68 and from as far afield as Hampshire, Derbyshire, Glasgow and Manchester.
Cooper and his wife Julie set up the charity to raise funds for children’s charities and good causes in memory of the much-loved son they lost in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday.
The Finlay Cooper Fund has raised more than £300,000 for a wide range of children’s causes since it was formed in 2006.
“Kilimanjaro was an experience I will never forget,” said Cooper. “But I’m really looking forward to our latest challenge and I’d love more Pools and Boro fans to join us for what promises to be a very special event.
“It is open to anyone but we believe that it is perfect for groups of friends or workmates. I’d love to see lots of Pools and Boro fans on the trek and will be delighted to chat football along the way.”
Boro fan Nick Waites, a trustee of the Finlay Cooper Fund, added: “We thank all of those who have registered for the challenge so far. It is pleasing to see that walkers are travelling the length and breadth of the country to support the Fund but we are still well short of our target.
“I am aware, however, that there are a lot of people still out there who said that they would join us who have not registered and I would urge all of them and anybody else to register through our website as soon as possible so that we know how many we will have on the day and to enable them to maximise their sponsorship opportunities.”
Whilst there is no minimum sponsorship requirement, we’d love to think that everyone taking part can raise £100 in sponsorship to give another big boost to the many worthy children’s causes we want to help.”
Those who would like to take on only one or two of the peaks are also very welcome to join in.
For a £15 entry fee, all fundraisers receive a Finlay Cooper Fund T-shirt on the day.
To apply to take part, complete the application form on www.finlaycooperfund.co.uk.