Barnoldswick man to complete Coast to Coast walk for Headway

George and Leon at the summit of Weets Hill during a training walk
George and Leon at the summit of Weets Hill during a training walk
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One dog and his man are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity by taking on a challenging Coast to Coast walk.

Barnoldswick dog George and his jeweller owner Leon will be walking the famous Alfred Wainwright route from the Irish to North Seas and raising money for brain injury charity Headway.

The pair will set off On Sunday and are hoping to complete the walk in 12 days. It has been a last minute decision to do the walk too as self-employed Leon was unsure of getting the time off work.

Leon said: “I will be setting off from St Bees in Cumbria, to walk Alfred Wainwright’s famous 192 miles coast to coast walk. I’ll be accompanying my trusty dog George who’s become quite a Barnoldswick character.

“I’ve chosen to raise money for Headway - the brain injury association as my mother died from a double cerebral brain haemorrhage 12 years ago.

“Having a family member suffer from a brain injury is devastating and for those who survive and their families it is life changing. Headway provide understanding and support, and push for greater awareness to help reduce instances of brain injury.

“Me and George are going to brave the lovely English weather and trek across the country west to east. I’ve only just started raising money last Friday but I’ve had a very good response with £600.”

Sponsor forms for George and Leon’s walk can be collected from various shops in Barnoldswick, including Short Dog and Sides, Leon K. Dewhurst, Barlick Bites and Heaps of Tackle. People can also sponsor George and Leon online at