This is a guest blog, written by fundraiser Tom Ellis. A big thank you to Tom, David, Oliver and Rachel!
Every year myself and my colleague David do a walk for charity. This year my eldest son (Oliver) and my colleagues daughter (Rachel) joined us. We normally do a walk up to Top Withens in Haworth, however having done that for the past 5-6 years we fancied a change and a bit more of a challenge.
Having a look online I found a walk called the Twelve Apostles, on Rombalds Moor in Ilkey, I printed off a map and we we’re all set. When the day of the walk arrived we parked up at the Cow and Calf Rocks, where I remembered that the map said to start, only to realise I had forgotten the map. I found another map online and saved it to my phone (it was halfway through the walk that I realised this was in fact a different walk in the same area with the same name but heading in the complete opposite direction). We followed the map up to the 12 apostles (an ancient stone circle) and the highest point on the moor. The views were amazing and we could literally see for miles in all directions. This was when I realised the map was different, so on that basis we headed in the direction we thought was correct. The walk was fantastic across beautiful open moorland, seeing lots of wildlife and trying to guess which towns and landmarks we could see. Eventually we stopped a friendly cyclist who gave us some directions back to the car park, where we had a hot drink and a bacon sandwich.
All in all it was a fantastic experience, arguably a better walk than our previous ones, even if we did add 2 miles more than we intended.
In total we raised £175 for Leeds Mind. We try to choose a different charity every year, this year we chose Leeds Mind as I myself suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and know others who have had mental health issues. Luckily I had family and friends who supported me but not everyone does. I also know how difficult it can be to access help and how long the wait can be for treatment. Because of this I understand the importance of charities like Leeds Mind who can be there for people when they need help.
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