Trekkers walk to Wark to raise cancer charity funds

Members of Walk the Wall at the finish line in Wark
Members of Walk the Wall at the finish line in Wark
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Walkers from north Northumberland have taken their fund-raising efforts past the £170,000 mark in completing their latest long-distance hike.

The 20-plus group spent last weekend making the 50-mile trek from Langholm, in Dumfries and Galloway, to Wark, in the Tyne Valley, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The group, including Doug Reavley and Chris Jackson, their friends and associates have been walking together every other year since 1999.

They range in age from youngsters in their twenties to more experienced walkers in their sixties.

Walk the Wall members have raised a magnificent £170,000 for the charity to date, and are hoping that this year’s walk brought in another decent total.

The money is still to be totted up, but the group hopes the final figure from this year’s walk will come in at around £15,000.

“There aren’t many families or groups of friends who haven’t been affected by a cancer diagnosis at some time and this group is no different, so we know we’re walking for a very worthwhile cause,” said Doug.

The Walk the Wall team – named after the initial event along Hadrian’s Wall in 1999 – raised an additional £2,500 on the way this year by holding an auction of promises at dinnertime on their overnight stay.

Their last walk, in 2014, was a 60-mile trek along the south-east coast of Scotland.

Cancer Research UK area manager, Carolyn Reynolds, said: “One in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime, and we know that research is the key to better treatments and cures.

“Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research.

“Every step we make relies on every pound donated, and that’s why regular fund-raising initiatives like this are so very important.”

To make a donation, visit the group’s website – www.walkthewall99.wordpress.com