WITH just over a week to go to Hyndburn’s biggest charity walk, organisers are expecting a bumper day with a record turn-out.
The third annual walk organised by Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club will take place next Sunday, 11 May.
The 10-mile route follows the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath from the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, to Thompson Park in Burnley.
The idea, which has proved enormously successful so far, is that Rotarians plan and marshall the route and, for a small entry fee, walkers can raise cash for their own charities or other good causes.
This year a number of people will be walking for our own Aspire Appeal to save the Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel housed in St John’s Church.
And over 30 will be raising cash in memory of Francesca Sanna, the 19-year-old daughter of former Rotary president Franco Sanna, who died after collapsing at home from a mystery allergy.
The money will to the Anaphylaxis Campaign which provides advice and promotes awareness of life-threatening allergies.
Coronation Street star Julie Hesmo-ndhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper in the top soap, will again start the walk and cover the full route herself.
The first walk in 2006 realised more than £64,000 and that was bettered last year when 1,200 people turned out in glorious weather to raise at least £78,000.
This year’s walkers can save themselves money by registering in advance.
They need to contact walk organiser Fred Pickering on 243965 or by email at email@example.com as soon as possible.
The fee is £3 and for this walkers will receive a personalised sponsorship form.
Registering on the day will cost £5.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times and their owners are reminded they will not be allowed in Thompson Park.
Coach transport back to the Dunkenhalgh will be available for £1.