Preparations are underway for this year’s Church and Oswaldtwistle Big Charity Walk.

The event, which is the borough’s biggest annual fundraiser is to be held on Sunday, May 19.

The seven-mile circular walk will follow the same route as previous years and cover four miles along the Leeds-Liverpool canal as well as three miles of old railway track and surrounding countryside. Last year 655 people participated and raised £36,000 for causes including the RSPCA, the East Lancashire Hospice and Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Rotary club member Michael Jackson encouraged as many people as possible to get involved.

He said: “The popularity of this annual walk is shown by the amount raised since it started seven years ago - a staggering £350,000 all of which has gone straight to the charity of the walkers’ choice.

“Although the 2012 walk was the best yet with a real party atmosphere prevailing, we plan to add to the fun of the day this year by introducing more entertainment, special personalities and fancy dress.” Participants can raise money for a charity or community group of their choice.

Registration is £5 for each adult and accompanied children under 12 can walk for free.

Further details and information of how to register and receive sponsorship forms from Stuart Duhan on 01200 427690 or visit

The club recently presented a cheque of £1,700 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The money was raised during the charity ball held last November.

Michael paid a special tribute to the club's community chairman, Ian McTurk who organised the ball. He added: “Ian is a tireless worker in arranging all aspects of the ball which was a sell out and a great success.”