Record number for charity walk at county house

Fundraisers attend a charity 10km evening walk at Boughton House in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Pictured are Ron Garrod, Edith Happs, Marian Garrod, Jenney Pratt, Catherine Garrod & Paul Abbott.
Fundraisers attend a charity 10km evening walk at Boughton House in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Pictured are Ron Garrod, Edith Happs, Marian Garrod, Jenney Pratt, Catherine Garrod & Paul Abbott.

A record number of fundraisers turned out at a stately home to take part in one of the year’s biggest charity fundraising walks.

More than 600 people signed up and turned out to support Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Walk Ten at Boughton House on Saturday, September 1.

Event fundraiser Edwin Turnham, said they almost doubled the number of people signing up for the walk since the last time it was held.

He said: “About 360 fundraisers gave up their time last year but this year we’ve had over 600 people which is the most we’ve ever had.

“We’re aiming to raise around £33,000 from the event and we look well on track to meet our target.”

The walk was held to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides nurses to take care of terminally ill patients, giving them a chance to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home.

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One walker was Lesley Cuming, 53, of Essex Road, Rushden, who was walking in memory of her mother-in-law who was cared for at home by Marice Curie nurses in the last few days of her life.

She said: “The atmosphere on the night was just incredible.

“The setting was wonderful and with the fireworks being let off at the same time as Marie Curie nurses start their night shift it made it a very emotional event, and I plan on doing it next year as well.”

To register for next year’s Walk Ten event visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten.