Walk to boost charity funds

WHAT are you doing tomorrow?It sounds like a tall order, but if you dig out your trainers and do a few stretches there's still time to change a few lives forever.

By Nick Richards

WHAT are you doing tomorrow?

It sounds like a tall order, but if you dig out your trainers and do a few stretches there's still time to change a few lives forever.

Tomorrow is the ever-popular Orwell 25 sponsored charity walk, which for 27 years has been pulling in thousands of pounds for all kinds of charities.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East, the Orwell 25 allows entrants to walk its 25-mile circuit – or less – for whatever charity or organisation you chose.

From your collected sponsorship money, the club will simply take 25 per cent to be forwarded on to those area charities that seek the help of the organisation.

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Some of the causes that have previously benefited include the NSPCC, St Elizabeth's Hospice, Foxhall Day Centre and the Blind Society and this year they will include the Terri Calvesbert appeal and BBC Children In Need.

This year The Evening Star would like to help you chose your deserving beneficiary. Because we no longer run a separate Press Ball walk, we would love to count on your fundraising support via the Orwell 25.

If you want to take part in the walk but haven't a preferred charity – why not walk in aid of the Press Ball.

Three-quarters of all the money you raise will go towards are target kitty of £20,000 which we hope to have met by the time the Press Ball ends late next Friday .

All the money we raise will go to Ipswich-based charity Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) who will use the cash to by specialist equipment for disabled youngsters across Suffolk.

Mark Murphy, BBC Radio Suffolk presenter and Evening Star columnist will be doing the walk in aid of Children In Need and was today looking forward to the challenge.

He said: "It's a 25-mile walk, but I'm hoping to opt out at the 11-mile stage. I haven't done any training at all so hopefully it won't be too bad. The weather forecast is for a hot and humid day which should make things interesting!

"Children In Need is my chosen charity and I've raised money for them over the last three years by spending a night in the police cells and doing a round with a dustman!

"I'm hoping we can raise around £3,000 for Children In Need as I've had pledges from listeners, family and friends."

The starting point will be Gainsborough sports centre in Maryon Road, Ipswich. From there you will follow a stretch of beautiful countryside along the banks of the River Orwell.

The walk can be started anytime from 7am and usually finished by 6pm.

Registration officer Norman Haines said there were already around 1,000 people who have pledged to take part and raise sponsorship money.

He said: "We're really proud of this event and we know that for a lot of people it is a walk they look forward to taking part in every year."

n There is still time to take part in this Sunday's event. You simply need to get hold of a registration form and start collecting your sponsors. Call Norman Haines on 01473 215333 for more information.

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