Sun ‘shines’ for char­ity walk

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your News -

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/ Chair­man­sChal­lenge2016

Shine chair­man, Richard As­tle and friends dur­ing their 50 mile char­ity walk Photo: David Lown­des

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