Longridge annual 20 mile, 20 pub walk gives £9,750 to kidney charity

LUMPS present �7,000.78 to the Polycystic Kidney Disease charity, which has been boosted by a further �2,750 raised by the annual walk.
LUMPS present �7,000.78 to the Polycystic Kidney Disease charity, which has been boosted by a further �2,750 raised by the annual walk.

“Well done and a big thank you from LUMPS.” This is the message from Longridge Unaffiliated Mountaineering and Peregrination Society after another successful, annual, 20 mile, 20 pub walk.

For after collecting the sponsorship, a cheque for £7,000.78 has been handed to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity.

Tina pictured (left) and her sister Susan (holding the cheque) who are regulars on the walk, were keen to raise funds for the charity, after Susan fell ill and Tina donated one of her kidneys.

Hailed “another resounding success, supported by 389 walkers” conditions this year were ideal and everyone was bussed out to Chatburn for a route which partly followed the Ribble and took in Clitheroe, Whalley, Billington, Old Langho and Ribchester, back to Longridge and to the Civic Hall for a welcome sit down with food and music.

A further £2,750 was raised for Wilf Ford, from Longridge, who underwent specialist treatment in France for atopic eczema. However, Wilf’s mum Sarah reports a big improvement in his condition and asked the money be given to the PKD charity instead.

Chairman Ian Thompson and team would like to thank all walkers and helpers who made the walk such a success, saying: ”The generosity of people and public houses is inspiring. The walks have now raised £141,631 over the years, something the community as a whole can be extremely proud of.” Ian added: “It makes it all worth the effort when you see everyone enjoying themselves and dancing, blisters and all! We are already discussing dates for next year’s walk and the possibility of bussing out to the Garstang area.