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Town's Keep it Up Campaign to keep on going

Huddersfield Town's fundraising partnership with Yorkshire Air Ambulance is to continue for another three years.

It was launched back in 2009 to help raise money for the charity and at the same time generate funds for Huddersfield Town’s Youth Academy,

It was announced this year that the campaign had raised more than £1 million through a series of charity cycle rides covering hundreds of miles across the UK.

The most recent ride saw nearly 300 cyclists embark on the ‘Chapman Trail’ cycling the 250 miles back to Huddersfield’s John Smith Stadium from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

Over the five ‘Pedal for Pounds’ rides, 635 different cyclists have taken part, covering a total of 1,250 miles and raising in excess of £700,000 to the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign.

We are absolutely delighted that HTAFC is looking to continue our partnership for at least another three years. When we launched the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign five years ago none of us quite knew just how successful it was going to be – so to be extending that to at least eight years is phenomenal. HTAFC staff and fans have very much become part of the YAA family over the years and we are looking forward to seeing what the next three years bring.

– Paul Gowland, YAA Director of Fundraising

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Town raise £1million for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Huddersfield Town has revealed that supporters have raised more than £1 million for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and the club's youth academy over the past five years.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Credit: Press Association

The Championship club launched its Keep It Up campaign in 2009. From every £1 raised, 50p goes to YAA and 50p to the Huddersfield Town Youth Academy.

Supporters have taken part in a series of fundraising events such as the recent Pedal For Pounds challenge, which saw 300 cyclists bike 250 miles from Arsenal's Emirates stadium to the John Smith stadium in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle said: "Huddersfield Town is committed to making a difference to the local community and there is no better example of the club and its fans working together, alongside a charity with this goal than the Keep It Up campaign.

"The Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a vital service across our county and I'm delighted to report that the money generated for the charity through Keep It Up has funded every life-saving flight the YAA has undertaken in a Huddersfield postcode since we launched this partnership in 2009.

Fans at the John Smith Stadium helped raise the cash Credit: Press Association

"Keep It Up has also been of huge financial benefit to our academy, the success of which is very important to the long-term sustainability of the club."

YAA needs to raise £3.6 million a year to keep both of its helicopters running.

YAA director of fundraising Paul Gowland said: "Five years ago we could never have predicted just how successful this partnership was going to be. It was new territory for both us and Huddersfield Town who have been fantastic at driving the campaign.

"However, the success of it has been down to the fans getting behind Keep It Up and showing their support. Their passion and dedication to the campaign over the last five years is amazing and they should all be commended. We cannot thank them and the club enough."

Amazing Maisie walking for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

84 year old Maisie Allan from Rothwell, who has defied doctors telling her she only had six months to live, has started her biggest fund-raising challenge yet.

Maisie plans to walk the same number of steps she would take if she were to trek around the world, in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Today she went to their Wakefield base to see where the money she has already raised has been spent:

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reward remarkable fundraiser

A pensioner from Rothwell has been treated to a tour of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance base in Wakefield, in recognition of the thousands of pounds she's raised for the charity.

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84 year-old Maisie Allan has embarked on her latest challenge - to walk the same number of steps she would need to do to get the whole way around the world.

That is despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer and outliving doctors predictions. She is also campaigning to get the government to scrap fuel tax for the Air Ambulance service.

Two in hospital after crash

Accident involving two cars last night in Batley Credit: Simon Brown

Two women are being treated in hospital after a car overturned and hit another vehicle in Hanging Heaton near Batley last night. Commonside was closed for a time following the crash

Accident last night in Batley Credit: Simon Brown
Accident last night in Batley Credit: Simon Brown
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance scrambled to accident in Batley Credit: Simon Brown
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance at last night's accident in Batley Credit: Simon Brown

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Funny-looking pumpkin has a serious message

Spookley the square pumpkin might look funny, but it has a serious message.

The odd-shaped squashes are being grown at a farm shop near Pontefract, to celebrate Halloween and their own pumpkin festival. But the funny-looking pumpkins also have a serious message, as they are to be used to promote an anti-bullying message.

Nick-named Spookley _– the square pumpkin in a round pumpkin world – was the creation of the American writer Joe Troiano.

Over in America the character Spookley is one of the best-known mascots for anti-bullying.

Heather Copley, of Copley farms near Pontefract, is the first to bring Spookley and the anti-bullying message to the UK.

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