Orwell Walk is a stroll for fundraisers

THREATS of terrible weather proved unfounded as around 1,000 people enjoyed the Suffolk countryside during a popular charity walk.

THREATS of terrible weather proved unfounded as around 1,000 people enjoyed the Suffolk countryside during a popular charity walk.

Forecasts of thunder, rain and winds prompted fears the fundraising event might have to be called off for a second time this year.

But the clouds held off with just a few scattered showers ensuring those taking part were able to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

The walk began at Amberfield School in Nacton at 7am yesterday and fundraisers could choose to complete an 11, 18 or 25-mile circuit along the banks of the River Orwell.

Chris Harrall, one of the organisers, said: “It rained for a bit but the weather was pretty good.

“It has been a great day and the countryside is fantastic.

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“You get to see parts of the River Orwell you don't normally see.”

Despite the walk being postponed in June due to inclement weather, numbers were only slightly down on the usual annual turn-out.

And it is thought the event has raised around £70,000 for charities in the area.

The event is organised and marshalled by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East and has raised more than £1million since its inception in 1977.

Walkers can choose their own charity to donate to, on the condition that 25 per cent of the funds are paid to the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, which it hands out to its own good causes.

The Rotary Club of Ipswich East was formed in 1972 and has around 60 members.

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