With over £47,000 raised, the blisters, aches, pains, and torrential rain were certainly well worth the effort. The walk was undertaken over four days spanning two weekends, with the hardiest walkers tackling over 25 miles a day. The mixed weather ranged from torrential rain to blue skies, making the walk even more challenging
The final leg of the walk congregated all of the walkers at the Bradgate Park Memorial Wood, where the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland, Peter Kinder said, 'I would like to thank all of those who put in this tremendous effort to raise such a fantastic amount for local charities and good causes. I would also like to thank the organisers and the support team, without whom this event would not have taken place. And finally, I would like to thank all of those who have donated to this most worthy cause'.
The organising committee included: Dennis Crommentuijn (Rothley Temple 7801), Freddie Harris (Beacon 5208), Simon Oldfield (Wyggeston 3448), Chris Panteli (Wyggeston 3448), Samuel Harris (Lodge of the Golden Fleece 2081), Paul Milligan (St Peters 1330).
The support team included: Paul Cave (Holmes 4656), Barry Peck (St Peters 1330), Paul Simpson (St Wilfrid’s 8350), Mark Peberdy (St Wilfrid’s 8350), Paul Wightman (Lodge of Friendship 7168), Jim Crawford (Knights of Malta 50), Paul Toon (Knighton 4711) and additionally, many members, friends, and families who helped with the logistics and refreshments.
The money raised has already been put to good use, with monies going to the Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People, and also a large donation to LOROS, who provide hospice care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family, and carers across Leicestershire & Rutland. The remaining amount is being put towards the 2022 Festival.
Dale Page, 2022 festival Chairman said, 'The support we have gained from our members, families and friends is remarkable. This was an extremely difficult walk, and I thank all those who took part or sponsored someone, and especially those who helped me through all 113 miles!'