Fun time at the Walk in the Park
Local charities will benefit from the thousands of pounds raised by over 100 participants who took part in the Walk in the Park organised by Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP).
Fifteen charities and community groups were involved in the annual 5k Walk through the scenic Sankey Valley Park that started and finished at the Centre for Independent Living off Liverpool Road.
A Family Fun Day added to the occasion, hundreds of visitors were entertained by Radio Warrington and took part in the wheelchair basketball, tennis and crafts, raffles, tombolas and clothes sale. Charities involved included St Mark Universal Copts Care, Active Cheshire, Papyrus, Ella Together, Scope, MS Society, Sea Cadets, Warrington Wolves Foundation, Adrian Derbyshire Foundation and Beyond Scars. Volunteers from Birchwood Lions joined the team from WDP at marshalling points.
The fundraising team from Warrington based The Duck Pond are regulars at the Walk, they were voted best fancy dressed walkers by supporters Oculus Photography. Their theme this year was Scuba Diving, team members donned wetsuits, fins, snorkels and masks, together they carried a rubber dingy around the 5k course.
The Mayor of Warrington Councillor Faisal Rashid acted as the official starter and spent time talking to stall holders on what we now know was his final mayoral engagement as the following day he was selected as the parliamentary candidate for Warrington South which resulted in him standing down as Mayor.
Dave Thompson MBE DL, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of WDP hail the event a huge success. He said The team did a great job organising the walk and setting up for the family fun day. The sun shone throughout the day, the atmosphere was great, everyone had a fun time and they raised thousands of pounds for their favourite charities. What more can we ask for.