Sian leads city’s first arthritis walk
HUNDREDS of people walked through the city to raise money for charity in the first event of its type in the country.
The Pop Around Peterborough walk took place on Saturday, with up to 200 people of all ages walking a five mile course around the city to raise money for Arthritis Research UK.
All the fund-raisers started and finished the course at the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium carrying an orange balloon - and at the end of the walk, the balloons were popped, giving some walkers the chance to win a prize donated by event sponsors.
Six-year-old Sian Paton, who suffers from arthritis, took part in the walk and said: “It does hurt, so it is nice that so many people have come out to support us.”
Michael Clarke, regional fundraising manager for Arthritis Research UK, said: “We had about 200 people taking part, which was a great turnout.
“It is the first time we have done this and next year we will be looking at rolling it out across the country.
“Arthritis is often thought of as a condition associated with elderly people, but it can affect anyone aged six months or older. It is good to have people of all ages here.”
ORANGE COUNTY: Sian Paton, who suffers with arthritis, joined the first Pop Around Peterborough. (METP-12-05-12RH18) Pictures: ROWLAND HOBSON
BRAVE SMILE: Sian Paton. (METP-12-05-12RH15)