Teacher finishes nine runs in nine days to raise £1,600 charity cash

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Photo: New Farnley CC

A long-serving New Farnley Cricket Club player has helped raise almost £1,600 for two good causes.

Joe Bedford, a teacher at Woodhouse Grove School, this week completed his ninth and final 9km run over nine consecutive days after Christmas.

He helped raise money towards the Andrew Kemp Memorial Community Defibrillator Fund and New Farnley’s junior section.

Joe Bedford

Mr Bedford, a former rugby player for Leeds Carnegie and currently a coach at Sandal RUFC, said:

“I was inspired by Sir Kevin Sinfield but I’m nowhere near as fit or crazy as him. I took on this challenge to raise money for the Andrew Kemp Community Defibrillator Fund.

“We lost my step-dad Gary five years ago, on the 27th December, to a heart attack and Andy Kemp was a West Leeds RUFC great.”

New Farnley CC also held a post-Christmas walk to raise much-needed funds for the defibrillator fund, which has already provided the club with a defibrillator.

Noel Bullock, public relations officer at New Farnley Cricket Club, added:

“Joe was spurred on by his family, fellow Woodhouse Grove School colleagues and current/former teammates.

“His wife Katie deserves a special mention for her fundraising efforts following the recent Christmas Walk and A Question of Sport quiz, finishing off with Kevin Eaglestone doing a splendid job with Play Your Cards Right. Please click on the JustGiving link for further donations.”

Donations can be made here.


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