17 July 2013
Participants of the North Staffordshire Walk showed dedication to the cause when they refused to be deterred by the event's cancellation, raising over £40,000 for Christian Aid.
The annual sponsored walk, which normally raises over £50,000, was due to take place in March. However, heavy snow fall made access to Tittesworth reservoir impossible, forcing organiser John Bamford to cancel the event.
John put out the news as widely as he could to the 500 participants and suggested that they may wish to organise their own short walks at Tittesworth or other locations.
He could not have predicted that they would respond with such commitment and enthusiasm, gathering in large numbers to complete the walk at different times and venues.
Going the extra mile
The cancelled walk has now brought in over £40,000, and is an inspirational demonstration of the walkers’ and their sponsors’ commitment to standing alongside the world’s poorest people.
One of these walkers was Judith Darnell, her daughter Arabella (nine months) and friend Nicola Keen, who organised their own walk when the weather improved. Arabella is pictured here crossing the finishing line!
John praised the efforts of those who went the extra mile to raise this money: 'It’s one thing to just turn up on the day, but to organise your own event is an amazing commitment. Thank you so much.'
The 2014 North Staffordshire Walk will take place on 5 April.
To find out more contact John on 01782 516137.