Raising money, the Cumbrian Way!

A TEAM of council employees are set to put their best feet forward for charity… again!

The Moss Side-Eers from South Ribble Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Service have already raised a staggering £12,000 through gruelling challenges over recent years. 

And now, they’re at it again – this time aiming to walk none stop to cover 50 miles of the Cumbrian Way in 24 hours.

The team, made up of five keen walkers (including a colleague from the Council’s waste partner, FCC) and their support crew, will be raising money for one of the Mayor’s Charities, St Catherine’s Hospice.

Steve Hawkins, from the Moss Side-Eers, said: “This walk is going to be brutal.

“The last time we completed a charity walk it was the closest to death I ever want to get. 

“This challenge is going to mean blood-filled shoes, aches, pains and extreme exhaustion. 

“We are all inspired by the amazing work at St Catherine’s Hospice though and really want to raise as much money as possible.”

In 2015, the Moss Side-Eers raised over £4k by walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lostock Hall hospice. 

This new challenge over 14th and 15th of July will see them tackle the Cumbrian Way – a tough walk which takes them through the heart of the Lake District.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington, said: “This group must be crazy, but I am extremely proud of them.

“They have already raised a fantastic amount of money and it’s an absolute credit to them all that they keep coming up with new and even more gruelling challenges.

“They are a truly inspirational group and deserve our full admiration.

“The walkers, like many of us, have all in some way been touched by the incredible work undertaken every single day at St Catherine’s Hospice, and I couldn’t think of a better charity for them to support.

“I wish them all the best of luck.”

You can sponsor the group on their Virgin Money page:

The walkers are: Mark Gaffney, Dave King, Lee Moat, Tori Fletcher (Neighbourhood Services) and Rachel Fisher (FCC). 

Their support crew is made up of: Steve Hawkins, Martin Henderson, Russ Hutchinson and Sue Henderson.