Hundreds sign up to walk Peaks to raise money for Jane’s appeal

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MORE than 700 people have so far signed up to the first-ever Peaks Walk for All in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal – and organisers hope that entries will break 1,000 before the event next month.

The Peaks Walk for All, to take place on Sunday, April 29, is the newest addition to the appeal’s fund-raising calendar, which already includes a Dales Walk for All in August.

Walkers will set off from the Hope showground, near Castleton, on either a five-mile, a 12-mile or a 24-mile route.

The longest route takes in iconic sights in the Peak District national park. such as Jacob’s Ladder, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

Meanwhile, the shorter five and 12-mile routes go through Ladybower and Edale.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the appeal said: “We hope to get 1,000 to take part, which would be fantastic for the first year.

“It’s the first fund-raising event of 2012 and is a great way for people to come out and show the Jane Tomlinson Appeal some support, as part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations.”

The spokesman added: “Edale Mountain Rescue and the Friends of the Peak District have also been very good to us in terms of logistics.

“They will be giving their support to our events team and helping us out.

“Generally, people living in the area have also been incredibly supportive of the event.”

The date at the end of April has been chosen for the Peaks walk as it coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, which was the catalyst for walkers now having the “right to roam” Britain’s countryside.

Registration is now open for the Peaks Walk for All at the website www.forallevents.co.uk.

Other fund-raising events for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal this year will include a Swim for All in Wakefield and three Run For All events in Hull, York and Leeds.