• Friends’ Challenging Year Comes To A Close

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Friends’ Challenging Year Comes To A Close

Two friends have endured blisters, blindfolds and ballet during a mammoth year of charity challenges.

From walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall to singing for 24 hours in a supermarket, Josh Hindle and David Smith have spent 2017 completing 12 tasks to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.

They set out to reach £10,000 and will unveil their grand total at a party on December 30.

The duo was inspired to support the cause after David’s late auntie, Julie, was supported by the Hospice after being diagnosed with cancer. Josh’s grandad, Dennis, also attended activity days at the hospice before his death in August.

Josh, 26, and David, 31, decided to let the public suggest challenges and more than 200 were sent in.

They began with a night in the haunted Pendle Hippodrome Theatre in Colne, followed by a four-mile walk in flippers in February and a blindfolded bake-off in March. April saw the pair dropped off in the middle of nowhere blindfolded and challenged with getting home, while in May they donned tutus to take part in a children’s ballet class.

The summer months included taking on the Total Warrior assault course, walking the 135km Hadrian’s Wall in three days and a half marathon wearing 10kg weighted vests.

In September, they sang for 24 hours in Tesco, Burnley. October saw them spend a night in the haunted Muncaster Castle and November involved a bushtucker trial. Their final challenge was to hand out gifts on the children’s ward at the Royal Blackburn Hospital dressed as Batman and Robin.


Josh, a wedding singer from Barrowford, said the sleepless nights and blisters made the Hadrian’s Wall walk the most difficult, while the blindfolded bake-off was the funniest.


He said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved – we never thought it would get so big. The hospice is not a place to die, it is a place to live and, until you have been affected, you will never know the incredible work they do and how much support they need.”


Helen McVey, chief executive of Pendleside Hospice, thanked the friends for their support.


She said: “Josh and David’s year of innovative challenges really got everyone talking and we are delighted they chose to support Pendleside Hospice. We rely on donations to help us continue to provide care to the community and the money they raised will support these vital services.”