Emma Jane Jones
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Walkers donate £8,000 to Beat Blood Cancer

Emma Jane Jones
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27 Jun 2014

The Round and About Walk - through the beautiful south Shropshire hills

On a cold day in May, 220 people left Bishops Castle on the 22 mile Round and About Walk over the Shropshire Hills through Mainstone to Clun and back via the Walcot Estate. Many were experienced walkers – local or from further afield - who enjoyed the day because its planning allowed them to concentrate on the scenery, not their maps. Others were people who regarded the walk as a personal challenge in support of our charity.  The event is a long standing annual walk that has taken place over many years but this is the first year the orgnaisers decided to raise money in memory of David Shirely a well loved local resident of Bishops Castle.

All – either through entry fees or donations – contributed to the astonishing £8,000 collected, as did the 40 volunteers who gave up their time, the co-op in sponsoring morning refreshments, and the Castle, Boar’s Head and Poppy House in offering discounts to people achieving the walk certificate. Quite a few people celebrated their success afterwards in local hostelries.

The Clunbury group pictured (from left to right: Helen Cottrell, Jenni Shephardson, Joe Grafton, Rubi Shephardson and Gemma Fletcher) were determined to complete the walk together. “We completely underestimated how tough it would be, how much it would unite us and, more importantly, how much we would enjoy it. We all agreed that we would do it again the next day in a heartbeat. We are very proud of ourselves and everyone that takes their time to help organize and participate. Such a fantastic cause!”

 It is amazing that in one day £8,000 pounds was raised and that everyone took on this challenge with smiles on their faces! 

Planning has already started for next year’s event, on May 9. Applications will be accepted from January, but anyone wanting to know more about the walk, or to help, should contact Jean Shirley (jeanshirley@btinternet.com).



Well done to all involved. £8,000 is a fantastic amount to raise and will make an enormous difference to the lives of blood cancer patients. As a blood cancer survivor myself, I'm always touched when I read about others fundraising efforts to help people like me.

Keep up the good work!

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