We’d like to say an enormous thank you to a brilliant group of people who recently completed the Lyke Wake Walk across the North Yorkshire Moors, in support of Tom who was diagnosed with glioblastoma over Christmas last year.

Tom’s cousin, Harriet, who organised the walk said, ‘When Tom was diagnosed it was the middle of lockdown and a pretty miserable time for everyone. When out walking with a friend, we chatted about doing a challenge to raise money for a cancer charity. We needed something to aim for during a really miserable period.

The Lyke Wake Walk stretches across the North Yorkshire Moors, where I, and Tom, grew up. It was fitting to do a Yorkshire based challenge for a Yorkshire based charity. I then approached a group of friends to see if they were interested- to my amazement, eight got on board, and so did my mum!

The walk was gruelling! 42 miles of challenging terrain, narrow footpaths with many boulders, bogs, hills and endless miles across the moors. The hours flew by, the ten of us spent most of the time catching up! We were supported at each checkpoint by friends and family, including a few surprises – with pizza being delivered by Tom and his mum! By 9pm though, the storm that threatened to cancel the whole day hit us. Darkness fell very fast and the rain dampened our spirits.

We finished 19 hours after starting; soggy, tired out and emotional. But also incredibly proud of each other for finishing the task and raising an incredible amount of money for Candlelighters.

The pain we endured that day, the sore limbs and blisters, is nothing to what these children and families endure. I hope the money we’ve raised helps bring a little light and laughter to them all.’

In total, the challenge raised over £6,000 and we are so, so grateful to everyone involved in this incredible feat – you should all be so proud of yourselves.

Could you be amazing like the Lyke Wake walkers and take on a challenge for Candlelighters? Click here to read our Fundraising Pack to get started.

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