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Thousands take part in Wirral Coastal Walk
Updated 11:46am Tuesday 13th May 2014 in News
Diane Atkinson, Gaynor Atkinson and Bernie McGrath at the start of the annual Wirral Coastal Walk at Seacombe Ferry on Sunday morning. Picture by Stuart Bogg
THOUSANDS of people helped raise a mountain of cash for charity by taking part in Wirral’s 28th Coastal Walk on Sunday.
Around 2,500 took part in the event, organised by North Wirral Rotary Club, followed a 15-mile path through Hoylake, West Kirby and Caldy, finishing at Thurstaston Country Park.
Walker raised an estimated £100,000 for charities, although money is still coming in.
Mike Morris, chair of the organising committee told the Globe: "Considering the weather was not that good, it went very well and we had an excellent turn-out.”
North Wirral Rotary Club's founder member, the late David Perrin came up with the idea of a community project designed to enable local charitable organisations and individuals to raise money for the charity or good cause of their own choice.
With the full support of members, the first 'Charity Walk' got under way in the autumn of 1986. Around 300 people took part the following year and it has gone from strength-to-strength.
The walk formed part of the month-long Wirral Walking Festival featuring more than 100 walks catering for all ages and abilities. Details on the festival are available online from www.visitwirral.com/whats-on/festivals/wirral-walking-festival
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