Community walks for hospice

Leigh Community Group walking from Derian House in Chorley to Wigan and Leigh Hospice in Hindley
Leigh Community Group walking from Derian House in Chorley to Wigan and Leigh Hospice in Hindley
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A GENEROUS group of fund-raisers proved their boots were made for walking on a 15-mile trek in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).

The 13-strong group from Leigh Community Group walked for seven-and-a-half hours to WLH’s Hindley headquarters from Derian House in Chorley on a trip which included battling some less than great British weather.

The group, who also wore fancy dress ranging from Where’s Wally outfits to lifeguards and military costumes, collected cash along the route to raise a grand total of £2,103 which was split between the two charities.

The group has raised more than £20,000 for charity in three years, with the latest trek following a walk to WLH’s Kildare Street base from Salford Royal Hospital two years ago.

Fund-raiser Tonia Bridden said: “At first it was pouring down and then we got lost and ended up walking 15 miles instead of 11. It was really much harder than the last one, when you do it in the car you don’t realise how many hills there are.

“We got lost and ended up on the A6 so people couldn’t really stop to make a donation but they pipped their horns so it was nice to get that support.

“Some people were stopping in the parking bays and waiting for us so they could give us a donation.

“It was really nice when we got to the hospice and there were balloons and medals and certificates waiting for us.”