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Ramblers raise charity funds
Amelia Breckenridge, two, has her face painted as a butterfly Mark Carty, council director, Mayor of Ashford Geraldine Dyer, Bill Brett, chairman of the Brett Group which owns the land and dug out the lakes, and brother James Brett and Gerry Clarkson, leader of Ashford Borough Council Walkers raised around £10,000 for charity at the annual Rotary Ramble.
The walk was organised by Ashford Rotary Club and has been going for over 20 years.
More than 200 walkers set off from Wye village hall on Sunday.
One of the organisers, Colette O’Sullivan, said: “It was very successful with the rain almost holding off until the end.
“From discussions with the walkers, we calculate that over £10,000 was raised for the various charities.”
Among those taking part was the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Geraldine Dyer, who was part of the team from Tesco at Park Farm. They raised more than £315 for Pilgrims Hospice and Find A Voice, the Mayor’s charities.
Other organisations benefiting from the ramble included the MS Centre Canterbury, Home Start, Samaritans, Cancer Research, Parkinson’s, Children’s Trust, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and Wye Village Hall redevelopment fund.
Groups from Barclays Bank, the microbiology unit at the William Harvey Hospital and the Norton Knatchbull School were among the walkers.
The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Geraldine Dyer, centre, and members of the team from Tesco at Park Farm who took part in the Ashford Rotary Club’s annual charity walk
The canoeists head to the water
Mayoress Geraldine Dyer with the hall for the charity ramble