Friday, 4 January 2013

Festive walk raises more than £5,000

MORE than £5,000 was raised at an annual charity Christmas walk, though some had to be turned away due to a waterlogged car park.

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More than 1,000 took part in Knowle & Dorridge Lions’ Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton on Sunday.

The event rasied cash for AgeUK Solihull, the Marie Curie hospice plan for Solihull and St Basil’s youth homeless charity.

Only 4x4s were allowed into overflow car parks, meaning some cars had to be turned away.

Organiser Ute Smith said: “We were delighted to have the first rain-free day for weeks.

“It’s tremendous the way this annual charity event attracts so many walkers to walk off the Christmas pud every year, even when the water table is exceptionally high with lanes and footpaths are totally flooded.

“Once again people were extremely generous with the Lions receiving over £5000 on the day.”

She said: “We were really disappointed having to turn walkers away.

“It has never happened before in 20 years, but this was probably the wettest weather we have ever encountered as well.”