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Annual Keswick to Barrow walk raises record-breaking figure

Published on: Sunday 1st June 2014
Categorised under: Active , Barrow, Events, Lake District

A total of 2,921 conquered the 48th annual event in 2014 which was particularly poignant for those walking for charities and good causes close to their hearts.

Four police teams raised money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, Ronald McDonald House, in Manchester, and Ward 84 at Manchester Children’s Hospital, in addition to the Motor Neurone Disease charity.

St Mary’s Hospice was one of the main beneficiaries of the previous year’s walk, receiving £20,000 from the K2B committee to help fund an extension for a new day hospice unit and education suite.

Head of income generation at the hospice, Zoe Guest, represented the hospice in the C2B.

She said: “We’re one of the charities to directly benefit from the K2B. It’s difficult for me, as an individual, to raise money because I’m always asking for different things but people are very generous and keep supporting us.”

A team from Furness General Hospital’s intensive care unit completed the C2B in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Team co-ordinator Allyn Dow, said: “We’ve raised close to £1,000. We’re going to have a pie and a pint to celebrate and a couple of people from the ICU are coming to meet us and I think they’ve got a bottle of champagne.”

Hundreds of charities and good causes will benefit from the contribution of the participants and those who sponsor them.

The K2B committee announced that the 2014 event raised £345,160, which was a record and £5,000 up on the previous year.

The 2015 Keswick to Barrow (and Coniston to Barrow) walks take place on Saturday, May 9.

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