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Villagers step out in style to back charity walk
8:00am Tuesday 31st July 2012 in News
More than 40 people raised hundreds of pounds for Children in Need by taking part in an evening walk in Bramhope.
So far £450 has been raised from the 4.2-mile charity trek on July 14, but organiser Tariq Qadeer, who runs the village newsagents, is hoping the final figure will be about £550.
Villagers who turned out in force to enjoy the event were joined by Tariq’s 14-year-old son Harris, who completed the whole circuit wearing a Pudsey Bear costume.
Tariq said: “Although he had to stop every few hundred yards to get some fresh air and some water – and we had to take the ‘paws’ off as it’s very difficult to walk in them – he managed to complete it. There were waves, cheers and horn honkings on the main Leeds road when people were surprised to see Pudsey Bear.”
Tariq’s next fundraising event will be a 20-20 cricket match, expected to take place in August, and a pub quiz at the Fox & Hounds in September. He is also hoping to organise a mini tennis tournament in the village.
So far this year, Tariq and other villagers have raised £632 for Sports Relief and £2,010 through the Leeds Half-Marathon for Candlelighters and a cancer hospital in Pakistan.
He thanked everyone who supported the walk. “I am very grateful for your support and kindness as it wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity and participation,” he added. Tariq is hoping to raise a total of £3,000 for Children in Need before November.