Alnwick bluebell walk goes virtual to raise funds for the NSPCC

Alnwick’s annual bluebell walk for the NSPCC has taken a virtual twist this year, with the walk going live online for the first time.

Sunday, 17th May 2020, 1:27 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th May 2020, 1:27 pm

The event usually takes place on land owned by Northumberland Estates and by kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland but, this year, the virtual walk will encourage people to stay at home.

The film will show a walk through Ratcheugh Crag and the bluebells along with an exclusive talk from the Northumberland Estates archivist, Chris Hunwick.

Alnwick NSPCC committee chairman, Caroline Chrisp, said: “The bluebell walk is spectacular, taking visitors through the amazing bluebells in the woods around Ratcheugh Crag before emerging at the Observatory to spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Northumberland coast.

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NSPCC Bluebell Walk at Ratcheugh Crag.

“While people can’t get out as easily, we want to bring the views to them through this fantastic virtual walk.

“The bluebell walk has also become a hugely important fund-raiser for us. Hopefully, even though this year’s event is slightly different, supporters from the community will back the walk and help us support the NSPCC.

Katy Carmen, supporting fund-raising manager for the NSPCC, added: “This is a really difficult time for the NSPCC, as many of the events which have been planned months in advance have had to be cancelled.

“That’s why we’re so fortunate that the Alnwick committee have stepped up and decided to try something new with their celebrated bluebell walk, meaning we can continue to support children with the funds raised.”

Caroline added: “We hope that when you view our film, you might feel able to make a donation, with all funds raised going direct to the NSPCC. Anything you feel able to give would be very much appreciated.”

Childline recently announced its emergency appeal ‘We’re Still Here’, encouraging people to donate so that the service can continue to answer children who are feeling worried or scared.

This comes after more than 1,700 counselling sessions were delivered to children concerned about coronavirus in the first three weeks of April alone.

The film will be premiered on the NSPCC Bluebell Walk Facebook page on Sunday, May 24, at 10am but it’s advised to Like the page beforehand to be notified as it goes live.

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