Chorley players back walk to Southport
The Chorley squad have shown their support for our fundraising efforts by donating £10 each.
Trust chair Dave Tindall said: “It’s just brilliant that the players have got involved with this. The walk feels like a real joint effort this year. I want to thank everyone who sponsored us and of course all the walkers. This year’s event has been a massive success:. Lots of people joined us on the walk, and we’ve already collected over £2900 in sponsorship, beating the amount we raised last year.
We’ll be presenting the money to Derian House and Chorley Women’s centre later this month, and we’ve already started planning next year’s walk. We want this to get bigger each year, so we can do more to help good causes in Chorley.”
Fourteen Chorley fans walked the twenty miles from Victory Park to Southport’s Haig Avenue on New Year’s Day, raising money for local good causes.
Donations are still being taken at the Harrogate and Kidderminster games – you will see us outside the Social Club before the match with our buckets.
The localgiving page is still open for donations for another few days at http://localgiving.org/
The walkers gathered at Victory Park at 7am, setting off long before the sun rose over Winter Hill. Last year’s four walkers all returned: Dave Tindall, Mark Rees, John Paul Lynch and Chris Blackburn. They were delighted to be joined by another ten walkers. Chorley FC Commercial Manager Josh Vosper was representing the club in a very clean pair of Doc Martens. Fellow fans Mark Pye, Lorraine and Eddy Coulston, Kaitlyn Seward and Hayden Rose, and Dave Fearnley also came along.
However pride of place goes to healthcare professional Claire Wright, who lost ten stone last year and wanted to start 2018 with a big challenge. A 20 mile walk certainly fits that bill, and she was accompanied by her daughter Kenzie Lloyd and her friend Sophie Cliffe, who were determined to complete the walk.
The sun finally shone on us as we passed by Camelot, and we enjoyed good weather until the last few miles beyond Rufford into Southport through the potato and leek fields, when the rain started to come down.
So far the walkers have raised over £2900 between them. The money will be split three ways: half goes to Chorley Supporters Trust’s Fan Ownership Fund, with a quarter each to Derian House and Chorley Women’s centre.