Pub walkers raise a glass and £900 for appeal

Anthony Farran People sign up for a charity walk to and from the Kettledrum Inn at Cliviger and the Crooked Billet pub in Worsthorne to raise money in the name of Gail Simpson who died of cancer in December. Pictured; A group of wlkers prepare to set off for the walk from the Crooked Billet pub.
Anthony Farran People sign up for a charity walk to and from the Kettledrum Inn at Cliviger and the Crooked Billet pub in Worsthorne to raise money in the name of Gail Simpson who died of cancer in December. Pictured; A group of wlkers prepare to set off for the walk from the Crooked Billet pub.

OVER £900 was raised by a novel charity walk for Pendleside Hospice.

The Pub2Pub walk was in aid of the Gail Simpson Memorial Fund which now aims to raise £50,000 for the hospice by autumn.

Around 110 walkers attended the event which took in a six-mile circular route taking in the Crooked Billet at Worsthorne and the Kettledrum Inn at Mereclough, Cliviger.

The novelty was that walkers had the choice of starting at either pub and then took refreshments at the other pub en route.

One of the walkers was former Burnley manager Stan Ternent.

The now head of recruitment at Hull City said: “It was a great day and everyone had a fantastic time. We were blessed with some fabulous weather.”

He added: “Gail was a close family friend and although she was a very modest person she will be proud of the money that is being raised for the hospice in her name. It is a great cause.”

Christina Cope, the hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “The success of the walk might make it something we consider doing on an annual basis.”

Gail’s husband Alan said: “I think Gail was looking down on us to bless us with some perfect walking weather!