Raising cash a stroll in the park to Joe

Wave: Joe Atkinson, in sunglasses, with members of Speakup as he completed his walk round Thrybergh Country Park.
Wave: Joe Atkinson, in sunglasses, with members of Speakup as he completed his walk round Thrybergh Country Park.
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MEMBERS of a South Yorkshire charity which supports people with learning disabilities and autism joined wonderful walker Joe Atkinson as he completed a marathon challenge to raise money for their cause.

Joe, aged 25, from Swinton, Rotherham, was joined by representatives from SpeakUp in Rotherham as he walked 26 miles around Thrybergh Country Park.

The SpeakUp group, of which Joe is a member, works to ensure people with learning disabilities can take control of their lives by understanding their rights and choices. The group has advised several public bodies on the best way of presenting written information so it can be easily understood, and produced its own DVDs explaining legal and financial issues.