The Dave Owens & Frank Goodall Memorial Fund sponsored walks are fundraising events to raise money for four nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention and treatment.
In March, and then December 2002, I lost two good footballing friends when they each lost their individual battle against two different forms of cancer.
Whilst walking in the Lake District some weeks later it occurred to me that I might be able to raise funds to support the organisations who in turn had supported Dave and Frank when they needed it most.
The initial idea turned into a well defined plan and on the 21st June 2003 56 walkers took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge walk and raised £23,319.34, which was then distributed between Macmillan, Marie Curie and The Oesophageal Patients Association.
Cancer Research were later added to the original beneficiaries.
The enthusiasm and camaraderie generated during that first outing has continued through the years and, with the exception of pandemic-hit 2020, we now have a history of consecutive walks going right back to 2003.
Each year The Dave Owens & Frank Goodall Memorial Fund bank account acts as a holding account until all the walkers sponsor money has been collected.
The money is then distributed to the four charities we support.
No expenses are paid to anybody and 100% of the money raised goes to those charities.