AN annual fundraising walk of the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’ due to take place this weekend may be in jeopardy unless more first aiders come forward.

The Friars and Friends of St Patrick’s Mission in Bradford say they desperately need more first aiders for their Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday.

In order to complete the 12-hour challenge safely, they need walk leaders, marshals and crucially more qualified first aiders to ‘rise to the challenge’ with them.

The 26 mile trek across the three peaks,Penyghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in one day raises vital sponsorship to help fund the work undertaken at St Patrick’s Mission. It is from there that the Friars run their soup kitchen and clothing bank for people who find themselves homeless and vulnerable on the streets of Bradford.

The walk has become a Bradford tradition on the first Saturday in August, with people of all faiths and none from across the Diocese of Leeds, joining the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and members of the Friends of St Patrick’s Mission on the risk assessed and Covid-safe adventure.

Organiser Matt Campbell said: “This isn’t for the unfit or faint-hearted. It involves an early start in the Yorkshire Dales, but also great camaraderie and a sense of achievement. Experienced walkers are always needed to encourage and marshal others, but it’s crucial we have enough First Aid cover ‘just in case’ - or the walk can’t take place.”

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