The new Chairperson of Malvern Hills District Council will be stepping out on the hills for hospice care this weekend.
Newly appointed Councillor Chris O’Donnell – who has just taken over the reins from Councillor John Raine will celebrate 20 years of taking part in the St Richard’s Hospice May day Malvern walk on Saturday 20 May.
Councillor O’Donnell explained : “I first started supporting St Richard’s while teaching at New College Worcester in 1997. Initially I guided students around the 11 mile route before guiding younger children on the shorter 5 mile one.
“Since retiring in 2008, I have continued to take part in the fundraiser and look forward to a celebratory one this year!”
Chris has also announced that the hospice is to be one of her chosen charities for her year in office. Her fundraising initiatives will include a charity ball and auction.
The annual event – which saw 600 people don their walking boots last year – is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Walkers can choose between 2.5 and 11 mile routes; the 2 and 5 mile routes start at 10.00am from Black Hills car park, are circular and perfect for families.
The 11 mile route commences at 8.00am from North Quarry car park with walkers walking the length of the Malvern Hills from Chase End. Post walk, coaches will be on hand from North Quarry car park to Chase End.
In the past, groups of walkers have been made up of friends, families, organisations, schools and individuals who enjoy a day of spectacular views.
Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to welcome Councillor O’Donnell and her family on her 20th walk for the hospice. Her support has been – and continues to be – invaluable to us.
“The event, as Chris knows, is a fabulous family event and we would encourage as many people as possible to join us to celebrate our countryside alongside raising vital funds to support our work.”
Last year, the event raised a staggering £23,000. It is one of the hospice’s most popular events and has been running since the charity was launched in 1984. All those taking part pledge to raise a minimum of £50.
There are entrance fees of £10 for adults and £5 for under 16 years.
The event is being sponsored by Bloor Homes.