Charities to benefit from Waendel Walk

Chelsea's Angels fundraisers who will take  part in the Waendel Walk this weekend
Chelsea's Angels fundraisers who will take part in the Waendel Walk this weekend

Many people who take part in this weekend’s 34th International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough will be raising money for charity.

Among those taking part are fundraisers from the Wellingborough and Irthlingborough-based charity Chelsea’s Angels, which supports children with rare forms of cancer and their families.

They will be walking in their pyjamas on Saturday, May 11.

Michelle Tomkins, co-founder of the charity, said: “We are trying to raise as much money as we can in order to support children with rare forms of cancer.

“Funds are quite low at the moment so we are trying to raise as much money as possible.”

Michael Thacker, who works as a senior support worker at a Sanctuary Supported Living scheme at Southwood House in Wellingborough, will take part in the 16 mile route on Saturday, May 11, to raise money for trips and activities for the people he supports.

Southwood House offers supported living accommodation to people with learning and physical disabilities.

The money he raises will go to the amenities fund, which helps to pay for days out, activities and other entertainment for the scheme’s clients.

He said: “I really wanted to do something that would directly benefit our residents, by contributing to the activities they enjoy.”

The weekend’s activities will start on the evening of Friday, May 10, with two friendship walks of 5km and 10km, followed by walks over different routes over the weekend ranging from 5km up to a marathon distance of 42km.

Entertainment will include a jazz band which will start the event at 5pm on the Friday, before an opening parade marches around the town centre at 6.15pm. There will be more live music over the weekend at The Castle theatre, and a closing ceremony at 4.30pm on Sunday, May 12, where awards will be presented by the mayor of Wellingborough.

For details call 01933 229777 or visit www.wellingborough.gov.uk.