UTTOXETER residents looking to raise cash for charitable causes are being invited to a special sponsored walk.
Uttoxeter Rotary Club is running the event on Sunday, May 18, and, unlike its regular fund-raisers, it is not nominating a recipient charity.
Instead, participants can nominate their own individual charity, regional or national.
The club’s Paul Archer said: “We’re asking anyone who wants to raise funds for their Charity to use it as the way to achieve their own aim.
“Local Charities, like Rakemark Respite and the Donna Louise Trust, will obviously benefit.
“But we know that other people will be wanting to raise funds for national charities, such as the NSPCC, British Heart Foundation and the cancer charities.
“So our priority is to make a call for fund-raisers to register for the event.
We have been particularly fortunate in getting permission to hold the walk on the Wootton Estate, at the foot of the Weavers.
“This means that the event will not involve any public roads and will be particularly safe for the walkers.”
There will be two walks, one of 21 miles and another of 5 miles.
The shorter walk will be on tarmacked roads and includes a ‘unique opportunity’ to walk along the wooded valley and beside the streams of the Wootton Estate.
The longer walk starts on a similar route but then takes in some woodland tracks.
It also includes higher ground with ‘superb views’ towards Cannock Chase.
Anyone who wishes to take part is asked to download a registration form from www.uttoxeter-rotary.org.uk/walk.
There is a registration fee of £5 per entrant and children aged less than 12 walk for free.
Elsewhere, the Rotary Club has raised more than £2,000 for charities with two recent events.
It raised £850 during an ‘end polio’ collection at Tesco.
The cash will fund vaccination in areas of the world where polio is still endemic, including Afghanistan, Somalia and Nigeria.
The Gates Foundation will match the cash raised two-fold, so nearly £3,000 will go to the End Polio programme.
Mr Archer said: “The Club would like to express its thank to all those who gave so generously. We’d ask people to take a look at the campaign online at www.endpolio.org/take-action.”
A 70s disco at Kingstone Village Hall also raised £2,000 for the Rotary Club’s list of associated charities.