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Smiles all around as walkers go extra mile
9:10am Tuesday 10th July 2012 in News
A 10.5-mile charity walk from Malvern to Worcester has raised more than £100,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
A total of £108,211 was raised for the hospice by those taking part in Sunday’s Walk of Worcestershire, organised by Free Radio.
Although more than 4,100 people had registered for the walk, organisers believe about 3,500 people actually took part.
The walk started in the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, from 10am and finished at Worcester Racecourse.
People started crossing the finish line at noon having run the route and the last people crossed the finish line at about 5pm.
Phil Riley, chief executive of Free Radio, said: “It was a fantastic event and we raised an incredible amount of money for a local charity.
“There was a real feelgood atmosphere on Sunday with lots of horns being honked, food and drink being dispensed from shops along the route, with listeners standing in their gardens cheering the walkers on.
“This means that over the last two months more than 23,000 Free Radio listeners have taken part in our four walks and raised more than £750,000 for local charities across the West Midlands.”
The walk was officially started by 11-year-old Cayla Carter, who uses Acorns.
Those taking part in the event, which was supported by Worcester Bosch, included a range of solo walkers and groups from around Herefordshire and Worcestershire as well as friends and families who use the services provided by Acorns and hundreds of people in fancy dress including the 118 men and even Santa Claus and his elves.
Free Radio breakfast presenters Hursty and Helen also took part.
Before the walk, Helen said: “We were overwhelmed initially by the response and the number of people who signed up for the walk.
“It just shows how important Acorns is to everyone, whether they are involved with the hospice or not.”