OVER 1,000 people have already said they are interested in taking part in this year’s Big Charity Walk.
Organisers from Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club are confident that last year’s record entry of 1,250 will be comfortably exceeded.
The walk takes place on Sunday 11 May along a 10-mile stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath from the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, to Thompson Park, Burnley.
Rotary has planned the route, and will provide marshalls on the day, and for a small entry fee walkers can raise funds for their own worthy causes.
Those named so far include our own Aspire Appeal to raise money to save the Accrington Pals Memorial Chapel in St John’s Church.
Others include the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Hyndburn Stray Dogs in Need, Derian House Children’s Hospice, British Heart Foundation, Meningitis Trust, National Autistic Society, Lanc-ashire Schools Sailing Association, East Lancashire Hospice, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, NSPCC, RSCPA, Macmillan Nurses and Maundy Grange, as well as numerous football clubs.
Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper, will once again lead off the walk and complete the course.
Oswaldtwistle butcher John Whittaker, who has a shop on Union Road, will be taking part for the third year with family and friends, and will be hoping to raise another £8,000 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Walkers need to register in advance with co-ordinator Fred Pickering, who will also be able to give advice to anyone unsure of which charity to support.
He can be contacted at 145 Ribchester Road, Clayton-le-Dale, Blackburn, by phone on 243965 or by email at email@example.com
l An Oswaldtwistle restaurant is offering an incentive for people sponsoring the walk.
Lucy Cheng, of the Ger-Hana Mongolian Restaurant on Black-burn Road, has offered food vouchers totalling 50 per cent of money pledged for the walk..
Lucy who is a member of the Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club, said: "For every £10 people give in sponsorship they will receive £5 in meal vouchers for the restaurant as an incentive.
"We have to do something to entice people to sponsor us to raise the most money we can."
The money will go towards Rotary charities and Breast Cancer UK.
To pledge your support call into the restaurant or ring 396777.