Charity trustee takes on marathon walk for underprivileged children

12 July 2022

Charity trustee and director of Otley-based Greenholme Carpets and Flooring, Simon Thomas is pulling on his walking boots again raising vital funds for The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, Skipton.

Shops, cafes and restaurants from Harrogate are all backing this marathon-sized challenge to support needy children from Wharfedale, Nidderdale and further afield through referrals from local agencies and authorities including Early Help, IDAS, Carers’ Resource and Harrogate Town Family Assessment and Support Team.

Over thirty independent businesses from Harrogate town centre have pledged their support so far for the 26-mile-long fundraising walk to raise crucial funds for The Principle Trust Children’s Charity which provides free week-long respite holidays to children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.

This Sunday, 17 July 2022, 62-year-old charity trustee Simon Thomas will depart from the cenotaph on Parliament Street at 7am, circumnavigating around Harrogate town centre a total of 13 times to clock up the marathon distance of 26 miles. Mr. Thomas expects to complete his walking challenge within 8 hours, aiming to final back at the cenotaph by 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

Independent businesses lining the two-mile-long route are displaying posters and leaflets, encouraging customers to make donations at their premises. Businesses and supporters are encouraged to join Simon as he hikes Harrogate for holidays.

Preparing for his ‘Harrogate Hike for Holidays’ Mr. Thomas said,

Over the last decade the Trust has helped thousands of disadvantaged, disabled and poorly children to escape their everyday troubles and create valuable, happy memories. The Trust’s 100% donations policy ensures every penny raised directly benefits children and their families and we are indebted to all the Harrogate businesses who are supporting this fundraising challenge.

We are a lifeline to many families throughout the region of Yorkshire. Our charity aims to improve the quality of life of children who are experiencing long-term, life-threatening or limiting illnesses, disabilities and special needs, mental health issue or living in poverty. Our Skipton based children’s charity does this by providing free week-long respite breaks to their holiday homes in Blackpool and the Lake District.


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