A TEAM of teens who were due to fly to Paris before the pandemic have raised more than £1,000 for a local charity by walking the equivalent distance instead.

 

Arun Booth, Rebecca Traynor and Libby Goodyear, all 14, challenged themselves to walk the distance of Barnsley to Paris – all 364 miles of it.

 

Despite the disappointment of a cancelled trip to France, the group, who all live in Barugh Green, wanted to raise funds for Barnsley Hospice.

 

Paula Booth, Arun’s mum, set up the online fundraiser in a bid to get people to back the team and donate.

 

She said: “I’m a volunteer at Barnsley Hospice, and know firsthand that it’s struggling for funds.

 

“I think this is what inspired them to get involved and spend their time to help a charity that’s incredibly important.

 

“They are such a positive amazing group of teenagers, instead of being fed up or disappointed they have decided to challenge themselves.”

 

Arun, Rebecca and Libby meet for a socially distanced walk almost every day, and update supporters on their progress they go.

 

“I’m so proud of them for what they’ve achieved so far. They walk around 20 miles or so a week, so it’s going to be a tough challenge.

 

“But they always do it with a smile on their face and without moaning. It’s really inspiring.

 

“They’ve been walking around Barnsley regularly so if you see them, please feel free to say hello and give them some encouragement.”

 

Arun, Rebecca and Libby have already reached their £1,200 target, but are eager to raise even more for the hospice.

 

“The reaction from people has been fantastic. They’ve raised more than £1,200 which has exceeded their initial target.

 

“I think we ought to extend the target further thanks to its success.

 

“Every penny helps Barnsley Hospice. It’s an incredible charity and such a fantastic place that offers care and support to so many.

 

“They urgently need funds right now so any donation is welcome no matter what it is.”

 

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.