Glossop mountaineering club raise money for Guide Dogs
Friday 22nd July 2016 @ 09:16 by Adam Higgins

Glossop-based Powsers Mountaineering Club held a sponsored walk in the White Peak to raise more cash for Guide Dogs after a similar successful event last year.

The group hopes to raise more than £1,500 and will be making a formal cheque presentation to the charity in a few weeks time when all the sponsorship pledges have been gathered in.

Organiser John Hughes said: “This year’s event has been a terrific team effort to raise both cash and public awareness.

“The 22k linear walk started from Parsley Hay near Hartington, going over High Wheeldon, then following the upper Dove Valley to finish at Buxton Pavilion Gardens where we met up with the rest of the team.

“We purposely chose a relatively moderate route to ensure that elder club members could participate.”

The first stretch was along the High Peak Trail to allow visually impaired Paul Kiddy accompanied by John’s wife Kathleen, to join them.

Paul, who recently raised cash for Guide Dogs when he competed with Kathleen in the Manchester 10K, managed 11 kilometres.

The scenery en route showed the White Peak at its best; lush green fields and an abundance of wild flowers.

Walking conditions were also perfect; with the weather warm and breezy and fortunately there were only a couple of brief showers.

John said: “In collaboration with Glossopdale branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, we set up a stand in the Pavilion Gardens on Sunday to coincide with the Carnival Weekend.

“The stall was manned by a joint team of Powsers and local supporters, including Diane and Paula with their guide dogs Ella and Quiver.”

Anyone interested in supporting the charity fundraising, is asked to call Sue Giffen on 07443 046043.


By David Jones