Lion-hearted effort raises thousands for hospice

Malcolm Harris, Keith Ogley and Di Patrick
Malcolm Harris, Keith Ogley and Di Patrick

A member of Kettering and District Lions Club has recently followed the famous coast-to-coast trail, raising £5,000 in the process.

Keith Ogley, 70, had previously completed the walk eight years ago and wanted to do it again in an effort to raise more funds for the Cransley Hospice, where his wife was cared for.

Keith’s walk began at St Bees on the Cumbrian coast and continued through the Lake District, Westmoreland and Yorkshire Dales, the North York moors, before finishing at Robin Hood Bay.

In addition to his sponsorship, money was raised by the Lions who organised a raffle with prizes including a holiday to the Algarve, tickets to Silverstone, and a luxury pampering day at a spa. More money was raised at the Burton Latimer duck race where the Lions held table top sales and tombola stalls.

Help from the Lions was available along the walk as well, with clubs from Thirsk and Northallerton and Windermere and Ambleside transporting Keith to his overnight accommodation. Keith said he appreciated seeing a friendly face waiting for him when his feet were aching, but he enjoyed the walk as the weather was fairly kind to him on most of the days.

Keith’s family held a party on his birthday last month where cheques were presented to Di Patrick, the fund-raising organiser for Cransley, and Malcolm Harris, the president of the Lions Club.