Thanks to the Bridgnorth Lions, the ever popular Bridgnorth Walk has been saved. When the organising committee stepped down and no-one had come forward to replace them it looked as if the future of the walk was in jeopardy. But Lions president Peter Parker told WW!, “We’re honoured to become involved and see this as an opportunity to keep this important event in the Bridgnorth calendar going and also to enhance and develop it. Sponsorship is something we’re looking at to ensure that the maximum amount can be fed directly to walkers’ charities and also to the local charities the Lions support.”
The first Bridgnorth Walk was in May 1967. Since then it has raised over £2 million for hundreds of charities; including local schools, sports clubs and community support groups. In recent years it consistently raises in excess of £100,000 each year. Outgoing chairman Peter Davison said, “We’re pleased and grateful to the Lions for taking over the reins. It’s one of the biggest community events in Bridgnorth and the largest annual fundraising event in Shropshire. We’re proud of its success and the long tradition that it has created which we hope will continue for many more years.”
Peter Parker continues, “Perhaps the most rewarding aspect has been the reaction from all quarters to our decision to take over the event. The committee have been a tremendous help, passing on experience and knowledge. Many of our members have completed the walk, and understand what needs to be done to further improve its appeal. We are delighted that Bridgnorth town council has given us its complete backing as it too recognises what a significant event it is for the town.”
The 2017 Bridgnorth Lions Walk will be on Monday 29 May and online entries are now open or an entry form can be downloaded at bridgnorthwalk.org the closing date for entries is 22 May.