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Charity trekker raises £800 for Kenyan orphans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

12/06/14 Cheque presentation following walk - Gretton Avenue, Stretton Cheque presentation from Gay Ward to mother of woman who runs Footprints Orphanage, Kerry Watson....Sheila Chappell / Gay Ward..

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A SEASONED walker has raised £800 for charity, after stepping out in support of the Footprints Orphanage.

Gay Ward, of Fairham Road, Stretton, spent two weeks walking the gruelling 212-mile Southern Upland Way earlier in the spring, raising the funds through sponsorship.

The trek, from Port Patrick on the west coast of Scotland, to Cocksburnpath on the east, was the sixth which Mrs Ward had completed.

She chose to support the orphanage, in Kenya, after it was recommended by members of St Mary’s Church in Stretton, where she worships.

She said: “The orphanage has had a worrying time over the past months with several children becoming very poorly and needing hospitalisation.

“Unfortunately, Kenya does not have an NHS as we do in this country. Thank God all the children have recovered, which is the most important thing but it has put a financial strain on the orphanage.”

The charity was set up by a former Burton woman.

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