Sian leads city’s first arthri­tis walk

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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)

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