Best Foot Forward for Local Charities

Best Foot Forward for Local Charities

A socially distanced month-long sponsored walk organised by Darlington Rotary has raised more than £1,500 for local Covid-hit charities.

Two different routes were scoped out and Rotary members and friends completed either a three and a half mile or eight mile walk during October at different times and dates to comply with Covid restrictions in place at the time.

Rotarians David Selby and Derek Risbey put the plan together, covering routes in the countryside around Gilling West in North Yorkshire and including Aske Hall, Gillingwood Hall and Jagger Lane.

Mr Selby said: ‘Dozens of people did the walks and we raised a total of £1,558. Derek and I reconnoitred the routes with family and other Rotarians in September and provided guidance notes for those who did the walk in October.

‘We are delighted and want to say a big thank you to fellow Rotarians and friends for such a great outcome, which will benefit charities in Darlington, many of whom have been badly hit by the Covid restrictions.’

It is hoped that the walks will become an annual fund raising event for Darlington Rotary, which raises thousands of pound annually for local and international charities.

Mr Selby said: ‘It was a new challenge for us taking detailed notes along the way. We hope to repeat the event next year on different routes but maybe a little earlier with the hope of better weather.'


Pic - Walkers on one of the routes

Best Foot Forward for Local Charities