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Ashby walk raises £35k for kid's charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By Rob Smyth

TIRED LEGS . . . walkers taking a well-earned rest during the most recent Ivanhoe Way Challenge that raised more than £5,000.

TIRED LEGS . . . walkers taking a well-earned rest during the most recent Ivanhoe Way Challenge that raised more than £5,000.

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THE organisers of an annual charity race have revealed that it has now raised more than £35,000.

The Ivanhoe Way Challenge is the brainchild of Richard and Angela Bebbington to raise funds for children's charity Wishes 4 Kids.

The event sees people of all ages, shapes and sizes take part in a 37-mile walk around the Ivanhoe Way footpath.

Now, more than 300 walkers have taken part and the event just organised its sixth annual race – where £5,000 was raised in total.

After completing his fifth Ivanhoe Way Challenge, Phil Owen said: "Our pains and blisters will heal, many of the children's pains won't."

Co-organiser Angela Bebbington said: "The amount raised for this year's challenge is more than £5,000, which is amazing, and this keeps on rising. This brings the total raised during the six years of this event in excess of £35,000, with more than 300 people completing the challenge.

"The true winners of this challenge were all the participants and the children who will benefit from all the money they have raised.

"Special thanks must go to all the volunteers who helped out on the day, Gemma Charwin, who provided sports physio, and Leicester Search and Rescue, who provided the first aid cover.

"Without volunteers this event would not be able to take place, they all play such an important role in making the whole event a success."

Many walkers commented on how great the support was at checkpoints with constant cheers of encouragement from marshals, really giving them a push and motivating them to keep going."

Wishes 4 Kids is a Leicestershire charity that grants wishes for children and youngsters who are life limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas..

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