Annual Round Louth Walk to benefit two charities
IT is the end of an era and the start of a new chapter for a popular annual fundraising event.
Organisers of the annual Round Louth Walk have made their final presentation following this year's event in January.
Volunteers David Bolland, Jenny Crooks and Michael Preen announced last year that the 2013 walk would be their last.
During the presentation of £2,039 raised from this year's event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the organisers were pleased to announce it will now become a jointly organised event between Macmillan and St Andrew's Hospice, which the walk has supported three times.
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Mr Bolland said: "The Round Louth Walk started in 1998 when we first thought about doing it for the year 2000 for the millennium as a way for families to get exercise and do something good for children's charities, which then extended to other charities over the years.
"This is Round Louth Walk part one. Jenny, Michael and I were very anxious that it continues. We feel assured that we are handing it over to people who will see it into the future.
"They have the enthusiasm for it and they have the commitment to do a good job.
"These two causes effect the majority of people in our county."
Since 2000, the walk has raised £22,890 for charity.
Tanya Taylor from Macmillan Cancer Support and Lisa Courtney, fundraiser for St Andrew's Hospice, were both delighted to take on the walk as an annual fundraiser benefiting both charities.
Lisa said: "We have a Macmillan base already at our hospice so this is a fantastic idea. It will be nice to work closer together as a team as we do have children at the hospice who are suffering from cancer."
Tanya added: "It is great that our two charities are taking on this fantastic legacy and I am sure we will strive to do such a good job as David, Jenny and Michael have done since 2000."
Mr Bolland thanked all the walkers and fundraisers who have taken part, The Target for helping publicise the event, Flora and Paul Bennett of Brackenborough Hall, East Lindsey District Council and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service.