Rais­ing a glass

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which this year is cel­e­brat­ing its 70th an­niver­sary. I am sure they will of­fer us a highly en­ter­tain­ing and var­ied pro­gramme,” said Roger.

“They will of­fer a new di­men­sion to the event.”

Once again this year the or­gan­is­ers have agreed to sup­port St John’s Church and two more lo­cal char­i­ties, The York­shire Chil­dren’s Trust, which is based in El­land, and Brig­house-based Turn­ing Point coun­selling ser­vice, which of­fers in­di­vid­ual coun­selling to any­one over 14.

It of­fers op­por­tu­nity for coun­selling to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and be­yond who may not be able to ac­cess longer term ther­a­peu­tic coun­selling else­where.

Dur­ing Satur­day evening Al­lan Clay­ton, will de­scribe in graphic de­tail a re­mark­able chal­lenge he has set him­self to help raise money for Turn­ing Point, by climb­ing the equiv­a­lent of the height of Ever­est around the hills and moun­tains of the UK, in just eight months.

He will be walk­ing up some iconic peaks in­clud­ing Helve­lyn, Skid­daw, Snow­don, and fin­ish­ing by at­tempt­ing to climb Ben Ne­vis – the com­bined peaks reach­ing more than 40,000ft, which is more than the height of Ever­est.

He ad­mits it will be dif­fi­cult be­cause in 1999 a se­ri­ous road traf­fic ac­ci­dent re­sulted in a spinal cord in­jury leav­ing him with just 20 per cent chance of be­ing able to use his limbs again. Af­ter spend­ing months in re­hab and a wheel­chair he was lucky enough to man­age to learn to walk again but was told he would be back in a wheel­chair by the time he was 40.

He can­not walk more than 50 yards with­out a rest and must push through pain with ev­ery step tack­ling his chal­lenge. In ad­di­tion to Turn­ing Point, Al­lan is also rais­ing money for Spine UK.

Since 2011, The York­shire Chil­dren’s Trust has set out to help chil­dren and their fam­i­lies cope with the emo­tional and fi­nan­cial strain of man­ag­ing life-chang­ing ill­nesses, some­thing the char­ity’s founders un­der­stand af­ter deal­ing with can­cer.

The trust re­ceives no lot­tery, NHS, or cen­tral gov­ern­ment fund­ing and re­lies en­tirely on do­na­tions to fund its work.

The pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals have raised over £35,000 to sup­port both St John’s Church and lo­cal char­i­ties.

“We are work­ing hard to make sure our eighth fes­ti­val will be just as suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able as the pre­vi­ous ones,” said Roger.

Once again the fes­ti­val will of­fer a wide range of lo­cal and re­gional ales, ciders, and a Pros­ecco bar will also be avail­able. Food will be served on Fri­day be­tween 5pm and 9pm, and on Satur­day be­tween 3pm and 9pm.

The event will be open be­tween 3pm and 10.30pm on Fri­day, and from 1pm un­til 10.30pm on Satur­day.

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