Heart walkers are in the red

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Walkers put on something red to have a heart for a charity appeal.

East Carlton Health Walking Club took part in its annual Red Walk yesterday in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

About 50 group members and non-members wore an item of red clothing while completing the 45-minute route around the park to give their support to the charity’s Corby store, based in Corporation Street.

Group social organiser Alan Potter, arranged the walk with fellow walk leader Noel Rogers.

Mr Potter said: “The walk went very well. It raised about £140, which was up on last year.

“We all had fun and games in the log cabin and held a cake stall afterwards.

“Some of the people who take part in the walks have had heart operations.

“When we took our walk leaders’ course, the social aspect was encouraged.

“Some people are only going out once a week so it is healthy in terms of our fitness but also healthy in terms of our mind.”

The group was joined yesterday by representatives from the charity including its mascot, Mr Hearty.

Mr Potter added: “I would like to thank everyone who made it possible – we are grateful to everyone who contributed.”

The group meets at the park’s cafe every Monday and Wednesday at 11am and runs a walking trip further afield once a month for a change of scenery.

The usual cost is 50p but those taking part in the charity walk doubled their contribution to £1.

New walkers are welcomed.