Trio's big coastal challenge

Trio's big coastal challenge

THREE women will be donning their walking shoes to trek from Ossett to Whitby next month.

Lauren Gregory, Saskia Whiting and Sally-Anne Wilson are making the 100-mile journey in memory of Lauren’s step-dad Michael Cottam, who was killed in a motorbike crash in 2010 on his way back to Ossett from Whitby.

The trio, from Ossett and Drighlington, are raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Lauren, who works in customer service at HSBC, said: “It was a really important charity to my step-dad and at the funeral we wanted to raise money for a charity instead of flowers so we chose the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and decided to carry on raising money for them afterwards.”

Lauren, mum Tracy and their family and friends have raised over 60,000 for the charity since Michael’s death.

And to mark 10 years since his passing Tracy, who is a volunteer at Drighlington Parish Council, has set a fundraising target of £20,000 in 2020.

The walk starts on April 21 in Ossett and the first stop will be Wetherby, before the group moves on to Sutton-on-the-Forest, Malton, Scarborough and finishes in Whitby on April 25.

They had planned on taking pitstops at local B&Bs which had been generously donated along the route, but because of the recent coronavirus outbreak Sally said they might have to resort to sleeping in a tent.

The ladies are hoping to raise £1,000 and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WakefieldtoWhitby.

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