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17 Oct 2019 Community

Heckmondwike Grammar School take on the Heck Hike for Kirkwood!

1,500 Heckmondwike Grammar School students rallied together on Friday 20th September to walk 10 miles in support of LMB Group’s Andy Bean’s mammoth challenge for Kirkwood!

In January 2019, LMB Group’s Managing Director, Andy Bean, embarked on the mammoth challenge of walking 1 million steps a month for 12 months to raise money for both Kirkwood Hospice and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Now 9 months in, Andy has walked on average 19 miles every single day, equating the five full marathons every week, in all weathers and sustaining many injuries along the way!

Andy said: “Everybody can relate to Kirkwood and I myself have personal connections. Whilst I’m still fit and young I wanted to go out and raise money for Kirwkood. I haven’t done the full 19,000 steps every day but whenever I’ve had bad days I’ve made it up on the good days. Some days I’ve done 60,000 steps a day but I’ve always done 1 million a month.”

As Andy’s challenge approaches the finishing line, Andy’s colleague and good friend Billy Bingham along with Heckmondwike Grammar’s P.E teacher, James Rourke, came up with the fantastic idea to rally the school children together for a day of fundraising themselves.

Andy, Head Teacher Peter Roberts in front of the the school children ready to take on the Heck Hike

 

Heckmondwike Grammar’s Head Teacher Peter Roberts and Deputy Head Teacher Simon Taylor were keen to show the students the benefits of taking a day out to support others in need.

Heckmondwike Grammar seemed the perfect school to get involved as Andy’s son, Sam, is currently a student and Andy has become a well-known parent at the school!

On the day, Andy was joined by a number of sporting personalities who all rallied behind the astonishing challenge.

Former Huddersfield Giant’s player Eorl Crabtree was joined by former Middlesborough Caption and England International Player Colin Cooper, former Huddersfield and Bradford City Manager Peter Jackson, former Huddersfield and Bradford City player, Lee Duxbury and former COO of Bradford City James Mason.

 

At 9am over a thousand of school children aged from 11-16 descended on the Grammar school’s sports hall for the energetic warm up led by Kirkwood’s Support and Therapy Manager, Mary Tyrell-Place.

The children were given words of encouragement from the local sporting legends before taking to the floor to dance Kirkwood’s routine to ‘Reach for the stars’ by S Club 7!

Colin Cooper was one of many that took to the stage to say a few words to the students. He said: “Good on you all for raising money, you’ll all get something out of today. You might have to walk 10 miles but when you get to the end I promise you will have really enjoyed every step!

“Every penny that is raised today and throughout Andy’s challenge is absolutely amazing, you’re all an inspiration!”

 

Andy Bean is the Managing Director of LMB Group, one of Yorkshire’s leading building services specialists providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing solutions around the country.

The Cleckheaton based company now employs 68 members of staff, who were all giving the opportunity to suggest a charity to benefit from Andy’s challenge.

Kirkwood Corporate Fundraiser, Kate Leadbeater, met Andy and the students at Heckmondwike Grammar wave them off as they took on the Heck Hike.

Kate said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this challenge and we can’t thank Andy and his team at LMB Group enough for choosing to support Kirkwood!

 

“It was wonderful to see the whole of Heckmondwike Grammar School come together to support Andy and take part in their own fundraising. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to support on the day and everyone who sponsored the students as they walked 10 miles for Kirkwood.”

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