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Jack’s boots are made for walking!

Jack’s boots are made for walking!
Not content with throwing himself out of an aeroplane for charity, thankfully with a parachute(!), Jack Holding is a young man with a sense of adventure and he is about to take up his latest challenge for a good cause close to his heart.

A few weeks ago Jack completed a sponsored parachute drop with a number of friends to gather funds for, and to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s UK.  Now the Greenhous Academy Apprentice is undertaking a three day walk from Oswestry to Tywyn on the Welsh coast on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September to raise donations for Cure Leukaemia UK.  The relevance for Jack is that his father Neil was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April this year and after a bone marrow transplant he is on the road to recovery.

Jack explains what is behind the trip: “My Dad works for Paveaways Ltd of Knockin, near Oswestry as a Quality Assurance Manager and they are fully behind fund-raising for the charity, with Managing Director, Steve Owen leading the way joining his staff participating in the walk.  Myself and my sister, Zoe will be joining them.  Dad and Mum will be supporting the walk. Tywyn is where we have a static caravan and have spent many wonderful holidays there, so it nice to be completing the walk there.  The last 4 miles will be along the beach from Aberdovey to Tywyn on Sunday.”

The walk will cover a distance is 70+ miles over the hills and through the valleys of Shropshire, Powys and Gwynedd. It could be a colourful affair with most of the participants doing the walk in fancy dress.  Themes include dressing as a personal hero or someone who inspires them. The walk will start off from the Paveaways Head Office in Knockin at 7.00 am and the group will camp out overnight along the journey. 

The Just Giving site shows over £10,400 has already been raised from this walk and other events already undertaken.  Jack is delighted and hopes that with a final push a target of £15,000 will be raised for Cure Leukaemia UK.