HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper has issued a rallying call for football fans and keen walkers to join him on his next charity event for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
Having last year raised more than £100,000 after climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, the Fund is now taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Organisers originally set themselves a target of getting 300 people to join the trek up Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – a total distance of 26 miles – in just 12 hours.
So far more than 100 have signed up for the challenge on Saturday, June 21 – but Pools boss Cooper wants more to join in and raise funds for children’s causes.
Those taking part are aged 13 to 68 and from as far afield as Hampshire, Derbyshire, Glasgow and Manchester.
Cooper and his wife Julie set up the charity to raise funds for children’s charities and good causes in memory of the much-loved son they lost in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday.
Cooper said: “It is open to anyone but we believe it is perfect for groups of friends or workmates. I’d love to see lots of Pools and Boro fans on the trek and will be delighted to chat football along the way.”
Those who would like to take on only one or two of the peaks are welcome. For a £15 entry fee, all fundraisers receive a Finlay Cooper Fund T-shirt. For more information or to apply to take part, visit www.finlaycooperfund.co.uk.