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Hundreds take steps to help charities

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

JUST under 900 charity raisers came together to raise money for hundreds of good causes - by walking through the county in the pouring rain.

The 25th annual Orwell Walk took place on Sunday, with participants either doing a 12, 18 or 25 mile hike from the Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich, to Felixstowe port and back.

JUST under 900 charity raisers came together to raise money for hundreds of good causes – by walking through the county in the pouring rain.

The 25th annual Orwell Walk took place on Sunday, with participants either doing a 12, 18 or 25 mile hike from the Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich, to Felixstowe port and back.

The event had been cancelled from its original date in June due to the foot and mouth crisis, and organisers said they lost participants due to the re-arranged date.

However, those who did arrive were in high spirits, and it was only those doing the longer 25-mile trip that caught driving rain as they returned to the sports centre.

Over the last 24 years the walk has raised nearly £1 million for local charities.

Walkers are able to get sponsored for a charity of their choice in the preceding months, and 25 per cent of the money raised goes to the Rotary Club. They then hand the money to the local charities of their choice.

A total of £30,621 was raised.

Ipswich East Rotary Club member and organiser of the walk, John Button, said: "Our main charities this year are Operation Santa Claus and Genesis, both local charities that do a lot of good work and we hope to provide them a lot of money.

"Considering that we lost a few people due to the cancellation, I am very pleased with the turnout. This is an event which brings together a lot of people but this year we lost the walkers who come out for a bit of fun and tended to have more serious walkers. But all in an all I am very pleased."

Mr Button estimated that around 250 people had done the full 25-mile trip, adding: "Unfortunately for them, they were the ones that caught the rain."

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