Thousands raised at first Welly Walk

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Hundreds of people turned out for the Wiseman Welly Walk in aid of a county hospice.

The 5km walk took place yesterday to raise funds for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton and hundreds of people from the north and east of the county were among the participants who pledged £32,000 on the day.

Among the 530 walkers was a team of about 130 people called Team Butters who were walking for patient Matthew Pinnock, 22, of Higham Ferrers, who has an inoperable brain tumour. There was also a group of walkers called Team Wellibobs who walked in memory of Bob More, of Wellingborough, who died from cancer last summer.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice fundraising manager John Helm said: “The money pledged so far will pay for two nurses for a year – that shows how important it is for us. We’d like to thank everyone who took part and to Robert Wiseman Dairies for its support.”

The walk at Delapre Abbey in Northampton was the first Wiseman Welly Walk in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Fresh milk company Robert Wiseman Dairies has raised tens of thousands of pounds for hospice care around the UK through its Wiseman Welly Walks and walkers from the firm’s depot in Raunds were among those taking part.

Teresa Queen, who works as an administrator at the depot, said: “It was a great family day out. Cynthia Spencer Hospice does a fantastic job for the community and everyone at Robert Wiseman was only too pleased to offer their help and support. We understand the walk has raised about £32,000 so far but it looks as though that could rise further.

“We do these walks all over the country and we’re really pleased with how well the first one in Northamptonshire went.

“We wanted to see how the first one went and given how successful it has been we’re sure there will be more here in the future. We would like to thank everyone who supported the walk and made it such a fantastic day.”

All the fees and sponsorship monies go straight to Cynthia Spencer Hospice.