Invite to join the fun for temple annual walk

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PEOPLE are being invited to help raise cash for charity by taking part in an annual walk organised by representatives of Wellingborough’s Hindu temple.

Every year the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Road organises a walk at Eastfield Park in Wellingborough.

The event is one of many being held nationwide as part of the BAPS Charities Annual Challenge 2012.

This year the Wellingborough walk will raise cash for Macmillian Cancer Support. The event has previously helped to raise money for charities including the Anthony Nolan Trust and Kettering General Hospital’s children’s ward.

This year’s event will be a 10km challenge which will take place on Sunday. Participants can run, jog or walk 10km.

Guests who have been invited to go along to this year’s walk include Wellingborough mayor Bhupendra Patel and MP Peter Bone.

Dr Hiten Patel, lead BAPS Charities volunteer at the Wellingborough Mandir, said: “Listening to my patients who have either received support from Macmillan Cancer or have relatives who have been given support has convinced me that their services truly touch people when they are most vulnerable, and so we are very pleased to help raise funds for them.

“We hope that as many people as possible can join us in supporting this worthy cause and participate in what promises to be a wonderful, fun-filled event.”

Dr Patel said the event normally attracted several hundred people. He said: “We normally get about 300 or 400 so it’s not too bad for April, normally it’s a packed house.

“Anyone is welcome to come along.”

Cherida Plumb, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It is fantastic to receive such great support for Macmillan’s work. Raising money in support of our work means we can do more for people affected by cancer. Today, around two million people in the UK are living with cancer which means our services are greatly needed and we simply could not provide these services without the help of fabulous supporters like the generous folks at the BAPS Charities.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the walk is asked to meet at the temple at about midday or at Eastfield Park at 1pm.