Over sixty members of staff from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form embarked on a gruelling sponsored walk, taking them along the Pendle Way, in aid of Petal Childhood Cancer Research.

The College is committed to the health and wellbeing of both its students and staff. Each year the College holds a Health and Wellbeing Day and also organises a ‘challenge’, which in the past has included the UK 3 Peaks Challenge. This year, after consulting with staff from around the College, the challenge was set as a hike along the Pendle Way, with walkers fundraising for Petal Childhood Cancer Research, a charity which works closely with Cancer Research UK. Petal focuses on battling cancer in children and young people, hosting and supporting a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.

Nelson and Colne College was proud to support Petal in their sponsored walk. The walk, along the Pendle Way loop, had three different levels, so that any staff member who wanted to could participate, regardless of their personal fitness! The walks were 10 miles for the Bronze class, 25 miles for the Silver class, and 50 miles for the Gold class. Fifty three members of staff participated in the Bronze walk; four in Silver; and four more in Gold. The Pendle Way is a popular long-distance hike and the three walks used various parts of the loop, with the Gold walkers completing the entire loop, encompassing Pendle Hill, Weets Hill and Wycoller. The walkers returned to the College feeling tired but proud of their achievements – as they should be!

Prior to the challenge, the College hosted a fundraising page on Just Giving, to raise sponsorship for the walkers. By the time the donations finally ceased, the College had smashed its target and had raised a fantastic £920.00 in aid of Petal Childhood Cancer Research!