Hundreds step out to make annual walk a huge success

Walkers pass Lindisfarne Priory.
Walkers pass Lindisfarne Priory.

The Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk was a huge success for Leukaemia and Lymphona Research and its north Northumberland fund-raising group at the weekend.

More than 180 walkers, about 25 helpers and marshals and a host of dogs turned up to support the annual charity event on Sunday.

Walkers had travelled from as far afield as Kinross and Grantham, and there was a large turnout of loyal, local supporters.

This is the seventh time the five-mile walk has been held and many of the walkers have taken part every year.

Annette Patterson, from Holy Island, is undoubtedly the walk’s best supporter as she has raised more than £5,000 in the last seven years.

The walk would not have been possible without the help of teacher Ged Thomas and other members of staff and sixth formers from Berwick Academy.

The pupils received a lot of praise from the walkers on the day for their polite and efficient help.

The walk was officially started by the Mayor of Berwick, Hazel Bettison.

Perryman’s Buses transported the marshals from the Academy free of charge, Northumbrian Water provided free water for every walker and Lindisfarne Limited allowed the charity to use its forecourt for the day.

Helen Tait, who helped to coordinate the event, said: “This was the biggest walk to date and looks like being very successful financially with £4,107 raised already.”

This total includes a coin collection at Berwick Academy by the walk marshals which raised £70.

There was also a stall selling the latest version of a popular calendar produced by the fund-raising group.

This was the final outing for the charity’s iconic red and white shirts as it is changing its name to Bloodwise, in part to reflect the fact that money is raised for all types of blood cancer, not just leukaemia and lymphoma.

Next year’s walk will be on October 9.