Walking on Christmas Day for Maggie’s Manchester

Three Northern blokes are pulling on their walking boots this Christmas Day to raise funds for Maggie’s Manchester – and they’d like you to join them.

Colin, Dan and Gabe are a Dad and Sons combo who like to be in the great outdoors whenever possible – and particularly on a day when the alternative might involve a turkey, some cracker-pulling and possibly standing-to-attention for a King’s Speech.

The trio are heading to Malham in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on December 25 and are hoping that lots of people will join them on their walk,  and help raise funds for Maggie’s.

Maggie’s offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer, and their families, who walk through their doors. Their amazing centres are based alongside NHS hospitals and they also support online.

On our patch we are very lucky to have Maggie’s Centres in Manchester, Newcastle, Oldham, Wirral and Yorkshire. The support that teams at each of these centres provide for anyone experiencing cancer is second-to-none. But Maggie’s does so much more, and they do it in a way that has had a positive impact on many thousands of lives.

Colin said : “This time of year of year can be wonderful, but it can also be difficult for lots of people. We’re aware that if you don’t have a network of friends or family,  a Christmas Day alone, watching TV might not be appealing, so we’re ready to welcome anyone to get outdoors with us. Absolutely anyone: single people, families, groups – and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s cool too.”

At this stage the boys don’t want to put an upper limit on numbers, so  there is definitely a place for you. Led by an experienced Mountain Leader and with lots of stops for seasonal foodstuffs (but no turkey) you can be part of something very special and toast Christmas in limestone country with the trio’s famous Mag North Boozy Hot Chocolate.

Gabe explained why they’d chosen the location: “We love Malham, and it’s right in the heart of the country,  about an hour-and-a-half from York and the same from Manchester. Malhamdale has some of the most amazing scenery in the North, and our walk is set to take in special places like Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove.”

The planned circular route is 6km, but there is also an option to take part in a shorter 3.5km route if preferred. Both walks start and finish at the National Park Centre in the village. 

So: if you’re keen to do something different this Christmas Day – and you love being outdoors – this could be just the thing for you. To enjoy The Maggie’s Christmas Day Bimble, a suggested donation of £20 (made via Just Giving) will secure your place and provide you with all the seasonal snacks and hot chocolate you can manage – together with a Tote bag of goodies at the end which holds a Maggie’s T Shirt, even more food and some extra treats to say a big THANK YOU.

Email team@mag-north.com to Walk The Walk for Maggie’s this Christmas Day and still get home in time for the Strictly Christmas Special.

For further information please email team@mag-north.com or contact them on Twitter @magnorthmag or Instagram @magnorthmag.


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