A group of friends are walking 75km to help support a Colne Sports charity.

Steve Clamp, Aaron Harrison, Paul Clamp and Andy Haworth will take on the gruelling challenge on Friday 23 July in conjunction with Graham & Brown.

2021 sees the 75th anniversary of Graham & Brown and they have pledged to try to raise £75,000 for various charities across their business. They are walking the equivalent to 46.6 miles and almost two marathons to raise funds for the Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy.

Philip Wright was a much-loved young man from Colne, who had a passion for Crown Green Bowls. In 2010, the Academy was set up in Phil's memory, by his family and friends, with the intention of promoting the sport and working with people throughout local communities, to pass on the health benefits that the sport can offer.

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In recent years, the Academy has worked closely with the Stroke Association, East Lancashire NHS and volunteer groups, rehabilitation groups and numerous local community associations, to promote healthy lifestyle - both physical and mental. 

A message from the group read: “We all know people that have been denied their regular exercise opportunities, or even the simple pleasure of a face-to-face conversation with a friend or loved-one.

"By supporting the Academy in their work, they can organize social activity sessions to get people out of their homes (in a safe, open, fully inclusive environment) and taking part in gentle exercise to support their health and wellbeing.

“All funds that are raised are going to support community projects across the North West. These will be focused on both health and wellbeing projects, at multiple locations, as well as supporting bowls clubs in being able to develop similar projects at their own venues.

“Any donations that you are able to make will be greatly appreciated by the Charity and will make a difference to people's lives. The Charity is completely run by a dedicated team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please reach out to the team on their Facebook page.”

To help support the group you can donate here