Striding ahead with organised Dearne walk plans

Tommy Joyce on his treadmill.
Tommy Joyce on his treadmill.

A charity fundraiser is calling on residents to stride ahead and join him on organised walks in the Dearne.

Tommy Joyce, who was awarded the MBE for raising more than £200, 000 for charity through his marathon runs, wants to organise weekly strolls around the area.

The 67-year-old former school caretaker said he hopes to give Mexborough people something positive to do following a number of setbacks recently which has seen two supermarket developments scrapped with huge job losses.

Mr Joyce, of Maple Road, Mexborough, said: “Everyone seems to be a bit down in the dumps so I want to give people something positive to do to help to keep their heads up.

“I go on walks and runs every week so it would be nice people could come down and join me.”

A developer recently axed plans to build a new supermarket in Station Road close to Mexborough Railway Station with the loss of 
250 potential jobs.

In addition, Tesco announced they are closing their Metro store in the High Street on April 4, with 55 job losses.

Mr Joyce is planning on running a final charity marathon on a treadmill at the store on the day it closes while wearing a black armband to raise money for a cancer charity.

He said: “I have done dozens of charity runs there and they have always been good to me. I wanted to do one on the day it closes with a black armband on as a way of showing respect to the staff and everyone who has supported me there over the years.”

The walks would take place each Sunday from about 10am.

They would be about five or six miles in distance in and around Mexborough, Swinton and Wath.

Anyone interested can give Mr Joyce a ring on 01709 584339.