Last Saturday we held our first, though hopefully not last, Hope Walk to raise money for the young suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS.
The morning dawned and though it wasn’t bright it was thankfully not raining as it had been doing, torrentially, during the week.
Our intrepid walkers met at The Crown Inn, and, after a false start (where I was too busy chatting and started going the wrong way) we finally got on track and headed along Old Dalby Lane, towards Queensway and the footpath.
When we reached the first hill we soon realised that the weather was in fact surprisingly mild and we had totally overdressed. Once we had removed some layers, we continued around the back of the Old Dalby test track which allowed us a gorgeous view of the village and surrounding countryside.
We also discovered that one of our four-legged walkers, Ruby, loved balloons and was desperate to play with the ones I was carrying. She wouldn’t leave my side, even for the biggest stick we could find, for the remainder of the walk.
Soon enough we were heading back down into the village, considerably muddier than when we started out. There was just enough time for a group photo before we arrived back at the pub and everyone tucked into their tea and cupcakes. Well, except for those people who went straight on to the beer!
We owe a massive thanks to Matt, General Manager at The Crown for allowing us to meet up at the pub in the morning and generously supplying us with hot drinks on our return. He also used his best persuasive techniques throughout the day to encourage his customers to donate a bit for the remaining cupcakes! What a legend.
I am pleased to announce that we managed to raise a massive £375 for PAPYRUS UK, so a huge thank you to everyone who was so generous in donating money for our Hope Walk 2019.
What really struck me was how many people had their own story to tell around mental health and suicide. I was surprised and touched at how many people came to me and said that it is something that had affected them or their family’s lives and therefore wanted to make a donation even if they couldn’t make the walk. They understood why PAPYRUS is such an important charity to support.
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