Graham strides out – in memory of his lost girl

THREE years ago, Graham Hinchcliffe lost his treasured baby daughter, when she rolled onto a nappy bag in her cot, and suffocated aged just six months.

April 29 was little Bobbi-Jay’s birthday, and Graham, of Goldthorpe, marked it by striding out for charity – with 47 friends and family.

Graham, along with his fiancee Rebecca Elizabeth Howlett and their willing walkers, tackled the Yorkshire three Peaks to raise funds for the FSID, the Foundation for Study of Infant Deaths.

He hopes to have made a good sum for the charity – to which he donated £7,000 last year – following a previous 57-mile walk he completed in under 20 hours, and a skydive.

His sister Lisa, 36, of Hoyland Common, also raised £1,000 last month with a Zumbathon at the Priory Campus, Barnsley.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks trail takes in Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – a 24.5-mile walk that includes over 5,000 feet of climbing.

The youngest member of this year’s fundraiser was 11-year-old Jordan Hargreaves, of Wath – but she did her bit by walking 16 miles of the Trans-Pennine Trail with her dad.

Graham said: “The walk went fantastically well. Only one person didn’t finish it, because she hurt her leg. There were no other mishaps but a real wind sprang up on Whernside – it was like skydiving.

“I said to the others that it was Bobby blowing us a kiss, which made some of them tearful.

“I have to do something for Bobbi-Jay’s birthday – it’s not an option for me. Next year I’m planning a 24-hour bike ride from Yarmouth.

“I want to thank everyone for their support so far, particularly Mel Beesley and Donna Green and Bo Jangles hairdressing”.

A social meet and cheque presentation to FSID will take place on June 5, at noon at the Cross Keys in Wath, to which all walk participants are invited.

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