Dales Divas begin epic fundraising challenge to fight breast cancer

A group of friends have begun an epic fundraising challenge to raise money to fight cancer.

The Dales Divas, aka the Double Ds, are raising as much money as possible for breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

All 11 members of the group have been directly and indirectly affected by breast cancer and say they want to do what they can to help tackle the disease

On April 7, the group is holding a Masquerade Black Tie Ball at the Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn.

Then on May 13, members will join hundreds of other men and women for the MoonWalk, a night time sponsored walk on Clapham Common in London.

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Participants set off on last year’s MoonWalk.

Three members of the group – Kim Duke, Alison Laws and Denise Read – will then take on the London2Brighton challenge – a walk of 100km to be completed overnight – on May 26.

The fundraising began on Saturday when Leyburn member Kim Duke took part in the Spartan 300 Challenge at the town’s Fitness4All gym.

Kim, and other gym members who were also raising money for the charity by taking on the challenge, had to complete 300 gruelling repetitions of various exercises, including 50 barbel dead lifts, 50 press ups and 25 pull ups.

The challenge had to be completed in 25 minutes.

Fitness4All owner Rob Bartlett helped Kim and the 23 gym members complete the challenge.

He said: “It’s a really worthwhile charity and I was happy to get involved.

“As well as raising money it invigorates and gives direction to our members.”

You can sponsor the Dales Divas by click here.

Pens, key rings and trolley tokens are also going on sale at the gym and other locations.

The group are also looking for raffle prizes for the ball.

The Dales Divas are walking twice a week as they train for the upcoming challenges and anyone wanting to take part in the training is welcome to join them.

To contact them or find out more about the challenge, visit the Dales Divas’ Facebook page here.