Cheer on the cheerleaders in charity walk

Clarets cheerleaders
Clarets cheerleaders

A cheerleading group will drop their pom poms and pull on their trainers for a charity walk.

The Burnley Clarets cheer and dance squad will be taking part in the annual Hyndburn Charity Walk, organised by the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle, on Sunday May 14th.

At last year’s Charity Walk, more than £2,000 was raised by the Burnley Claret to help finance 56 cheerleaders who represented the UK in cheerleading, group stunt, street dance and Pom dance in Slovenia.

Organiser Donna Nuttall said: "I was very proud of what the girls achieved under keen competition, and the number of successes is a great credit to the training and dedication they showed prior to arrival in Slovenia. The trip was very educational, and very enjoyable.”

This year the World Cheerleading Championship will be held in Japan in November, and five girls of the Burnley group have been selected as part of Team UK.

In order to help finance their trip and that of their family, 50 or so walkers will endeavour to meet the cost of around £1,200 per girl. The girl’s coach Sophie Boyle is also the head coach for Team UK. Anyone wishing to sponsor the girl’s should contact Sophie Boyle on her mobile 07805398720

This annual walk attracts more than 500 walkers, one of Hyndburn’s largest events, and raises £25,000 for charity or good causes of the walker’s choice. Although the Rotary club carry out all the organisation and stewarding, all the money raised goes direct to the charity/good cause by the walker themselves.

The 10K route along the scenic Leeds-Liverpool canal takes in the old railway track at Great Harwood.

Rotarian Ron Pickup said: “Our Rotary club is delighted once more to welcome the large group of cheer dancers who were so successful in Slovenia with their large haul of trophies, and we wish them well in Japan.”

To register online go to rotarywalk.org.uk or telephone Stuart Duhan on 01254 433501 or email Stuart: stuartduhan@hotmail.co.uk.