9th July 2015

Walk Worcestershire’s waterways

Walkers, nature lovers and hospice supporters are being invited to join the St Richard’s Hospice Waterways Walk and help raise funds to help the hospice care for patients with life threatening illnesses.

The sixth annual Waterways Walk will take place on Sunday 2nd August, and will include a choice of two distances. The 11 mile route will take walkers from Diglis via Tibberton to the finish line at Hanbury Wharf. An alternative 21 mile flat circular route is also available for the more adventurous – a walk which returns to Droitwich from Diglis along the restored Worcester and Birmingham Canal, passing no less than 41 locks.

Karen Bradley, from Worcester, is one of over 70 people already signed up to the walk, and will be taking part in the event in memory of her mother who was cared for by St Richard’s Hospice before her death in 2011. She will be joined by her partner Robert Williams, best friend Jennie Maslin and her mother’s neighbour Leigh Allen. The team have previously taken part in the hospice’s Midnight Walk and this year decided to take on the Waterways Walk 21 mile challenge.

Ms Bradley said; “St Richard’s Hospice were brilliant while my mum was ill and gave above and beyond support to the whole family. We wanted to take part in another hospice event and decided that the 21 mile Waterways Walk would give us a new challenge and great opportunity to raise money for this great cause. We have been doing lots of walking to train for the day and really looking forward to our new challenge.”

To donate to Karen’s fund, visit www.justgiving.com/Karen-Bradley4

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said, “This is really a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty and nature of Worcestershire’s waterways. This annual event is always great fun with a friendly atmosphere and is suitable for all the family, although you also need to be reasonably fit to walk either route. Lots of people have already signed up to take part but we are hoping that many more will join us for this memorable event and raise funds to help the hospice continue to offer compassionate care to those who are at the end of their lives.”

The Waterways Walk is now in its sixth year and is kindly sponsored by Droitwich Spa Marina. To find out more and to register for the event visit our Waterways Walk page.

Registration is £10 per person, £5 for under 16s. For more information contact the hospice’s Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.