Hospital walk sets £10k gain

Cameron With Ian Thompson and Alan Heaton
Cameron With Ian Thompson and Alan Heaton

Four hundred enthusiastic supporters took part in the annual LUMPS 20/20 walk on Saturday – and the amount raised is approaching an amazing £10,000.

It is all for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the favourite charity of 16-year-old Cameron Small, well known for his dedicated fundraising for the hospital.

Some of the 400 walkers about to set off

Some of the 400 walkers about to set off

It has monitored his rare Evans Syndrome blood disorder since birth, and LUMPS chairman Ian Thompson said after the walk “it has been a wonderful day and we are so proud to have helped Cameron with his fundraising”.

He added: “Thank you to everyone for their help and it looks like the amount raised could even reach £10,000.”

Cameron completed 16 of the 21.5 miles with parents Andy and Dianne and is due to finish the course soon.

On Saturday, the crowd was treated to a wonderful breakfast by The Bridge catering team before starting the well sign-posted and marshalled walk, taking in Goosnargh, Bilsborrow and Barton before going back through Goosnargh and Whittingham and then to Longridge.

Reporting on the day, Andy said: “Great thanks must go to the LUMPS team for their dedication and organisation of a superb walk.

“Thanks also to all the local hostelries that opened up early for the refreshment of the walkers, to the caterers and team that set the Civic Hall up so well, but most of all thank you to the wonderful walkers who made this event so special.”

“As the day grew longer it just seemed to get hotter and hotter until thankfully, around tea time, a cool breeze sprang up.

“The walkers started to arrive back from about 6pm and were treated at the Civic Hall to a warm welcome.

“Each received their walk certificates and from 9pm, the Civic was rocking to the great sounds of the band Indenial, providing a fantastic end to a wonderful day that will live long in the memory of all who participated.”