Barrow rugby players lead charge for Ulverston hospice walk challenge
Published at 16:44, Monday, 17 March 2014
A CHARITY trek will be one small step for men but a major milestone for a popular local charity.
To celebrate the 25th birthday of St Mary’s Hospice, the charity has supersized its annual Walk to Remember.
In addition to the traditional 11km route, Walk to Remember 2014 will feature a 25km route to mark the silver anniversary.
In another first, this walk will be open to men for one year only.
Sarah Gardner, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We wanted to do something a bit different to mark our 25th anniversary, which is why we decided to invite men to take part for this year only and offer them, and our lovely ladies, the choice of a longer route.
“The Walk to Remember is already one of our biggest-supported events, but this year, with the extra backing from men as well as families choosing to take part together, we are hoping to smash previous years’ numbers and monies raised.”
The new extended route will see participants walk from Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club to St Mary’s Hospice and back.
This year, the traditional pink goody bags and T-shirts will be replaced by special anniversary blue merchandise.
The first men to sign themselves up for the charity’s flagship fundraiser were Hindpool Tigers rugby league.
Team manager Graham Shaw said: “The hospice were looking for men to get involved to get the ball rolling so they called us and we were more than happy to help.
“You can’t really say no to the hospice, because you never know when you’re going to need it.”
Always ready for a challenge, all the entrants so far have opted for the more gruelling route.
Mr Shaw said: “We didn’t realise the 11km was an option, so we’re doing the longer one.
“We’ve got a game in the afternoon so we’ll be heading down after that.
“I won’t be playing, I’m not mad enough to do two lots of exercise in one day, but some of the lads will be playing in the game and then doing the walk.
“It keeps them out of the pub I suppose.”
The Walk to Remember, now in its seventh year, takes place on Saturday, June 21.
Entry is £10 per person. Visit www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/walk-to-remember to sign up.
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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