#Heckhike is a Roaring Success for Kirkwood Hospice
The sun was shining, 1,200 children were hopping around the sports hall warming up with sheer excitement as ‘Reach for the Stars’ played out through the school speakers…….the countdown to #Heckhike was on.
In January this year our Managing Director Andrew Bean decided he was going to raise £10,000 for Kirkwood Hospice by walking 1,000,000 steps a month for 12 consecutive months……an incredible challenge in itself.
Then came the call from Heckmondwike Grammar who’d seen a number of our social media posts. The school wanted to support Andy with his fundraising efforts by joining him on one of his walks, the concept of #Heckhike was born.
We had the pleasure of being joined by former Bradford City COO James Mason, Former Bradford City legend, Huddersfield Town and Oldham midfielder Lee Duxbury, former England, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forrest legend Colin Cooper, Huddersfield Giants and Rugby League legend Eorl Crabtree and of course our two mascots Rory the Lion and Billy Bantam.
The day was hosted by Heckmondwike Grammar teacher James Rourke who did a sterling job of getting the kids ready for the challenge ahead. They descended from the school, along the Greenway to Low Moor and back to the school again, a very impressive 10 miles.
The day was made extra special as our Managing Director Andy Bean was joined by his son Alfie on the walk as Alfie is a student at the school. Andy had this to say about the event “I can’t thank the children and staff of Heckmondwike Grammar enough for supporting me with this event. We set out to raise £10,000 for Kirkwood Hospice this year and this walk and the sponsorship we raise off the back of it will go a long way to achieving that target. It was amazing to see the sports hall absolutely rocking before we set off and the atmosphere in general was fantastic. It was also great to see the likes of James Mason, Eorl Crabtree, Colin Cooper and Lee Duxbury getting behind this event and supporting these fantastic kids”Pictured L - R (Rory the Lion, Andy Bean LMB Group, Peter Roberts Heckmondwike Grammar Head Teacher, Billy Bantam)