Charities set to benefit from Waendel Weekend

Margaret Griffin,  Rayne Browne and Emma Knighton from Chelsea's Angels

Margaret Griffin, Rayne Browne and Emma Knighton from Chelsea's Angels

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Thousands of pounds will be raised for good causes next month as hundreds of walkers, cyclists and swimmers take part in the Waendel Weekend for charity.

The popular event, which attracts over 6,500 people from around the world and will be held over the weekend of Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May, has a long history of fundraising.

People taking part in walks and cycle rides that range from 5km up to a marathon-distance 42km can be sponsored for completing the course, with all money raised being donated to their favourite worthwhile cause.

One organisation taking part this year is Chelsea’s Angels, a charity that supports families with children who are fighting rare childhood cancers.

Michelle Tomkins from the charity said: “This is the third time we’ve done the Waendel Walk and this year we’re walking it in our pyjamas. We want to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma and other rare cancers, and the pyjama walk is a way of paying tribute to the many children who spend long periods of time in hospital. We’re also hoping to raise lots of money. Anyone who wants to support us can come along and join us on the six-mile walk on the Saturday, or fundraise for us on their own walks. Sponsorship forms are available on our website and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

Julia Wells, Wellingborough Council’s event officer, said: “Taking part in the Waendel Walk for charity is a really easy and fun way to raise a lot of money and we’re delighted that so many people have already signed up to support good causes. We always like to hear how the fundraising has gone and would like people to contact us after the event to let us know how much they raised – it usually runs into thousands of pounds which is absolutely brilliant.”

Waendel participants who chose to fundraise need to contact their chosen charity for sponsorship forms and then ask friends, family and colleagues to pledge money. When they’ve completed their route they’ll get a Waendel certificate and can collect the sponsorship and send it off to the charity.

For more information about taking part in the Waendel Weekend for charity people can call Wellingborough Council on 01933 229 777 or visit the website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk The website also features information on route information and start times, entertainment, tips for keeping safe and lots more. Pre-booking for Waendel events, which is easier and cheaper than registering on the day, is available now at www.thecastle.org.uk