A CHARITY trustee completed a marathon around Ilkley to raise money to support underprivileged, disadvantaged and disabled children across Yorkshire.

On Sunday, May 23 Simon Thomas, who is a trustee for The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, walked 26-mile miles around the centre of Ilkley.

The route saw Simon pass many local organisation’s, several of which showed their support.

The Principle Trust Children’s Charity aims to create special and lasting memories for underprivileged, disadvantaged, and disabled children across Yorkshire, through the provision of free respite breaks and holidays.

They work closely with other charities and local authorities who refer vulnerable children.

Starting at 6am by The Riverside Hotel, Simon headed towards the A65 and then to The Grove. From there, he walked down Brook Street to Church Street and finally to Bridge Lane to re-join his loop and restart by the riverside.

Simon’s marathon lasted eight hours and he so far he has raised over £3,000.

The Principle Trust Children’s Charity currently have five holiday homes. The trust says feedback and commentary received after the children return from a holiday, really proves that what they provide is truly effective. It provides long lasting positive memories for the children and families. 2021 is their 10th Year Anniversary and they aim to raise sufficient funds to purchase another home.

Simon has taken part in many fundraising challenges for the charity. He has been a trustee for The Principle Trust Children’s Charity for two years and he has completed numerous fundraising challenges, including the Liverpool to Leeds canal walk (127 miles), The Yorkshire Three Peaks and the 82 mile Dalesway Walk. This August, he plans to cycle from London to Ilkley.

To sponsor Simon’s fundraiser please visit www.virginmoneygiving/simonthomas27

To learn more about The Principle Trust Children’s Charity head to www.theprincipletrust.co.uk.