Sun ‘shines’ for charity walk
Supporters of the Peterborough-based charity Shine are nursing tired feet this week, after walking more than 1,000 miles between them to raise funds in celebration of the charity’s 50th birthday. The 50 mile route, from Ely Cathedral to the Bluebell Inn in Helpston on Saturday, included stops in Welney, Turves, Whittlesey, the Key Theatre, Ferry Meadows and Helpston.
More t han 60 people j oined i n over the route, raising more than £ 5,000 for Shine. Seven walkers completed the full 50 miles, including Shine chairman, Richard Astle, who had the idea for the event.
Richard said: “This was a great way to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital work Shine does while markingits50thanniversary. A special thank you to the businesses - especially The Key Theatre, Castor Ales and The Bluebell - who helped with refreshments, and a huge thank you to all the walkers.
“We knew this would be a big challenge. Many of us started at 4am and finished at 9.45pm – nearly 18 hours on our feet. Here’s to the next time - but it won’t be soon.”
Walkers included little Maya who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and at only five is already a star fundraiser for Shine.
Shineeventphotographer, Shaun Pitchers, who walked 40 miles, said: “This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. It was so hot it felt like a greenhouse. I’m still struggling to walk and have blisters all over my feet, but feel so proud of this achievement for a great cause.”
Shine is aiming to raise an extra £ 50,000 in their 5 0 t h a n n i ve r s a r y ye a r and there’s still t i me to donate at https:// www. justgiving.com/fundraising/ ChairmansChallenge2016
Shine chairman, Richard Astle and friends during their 50 mile charity walk Photo: David Lowndes