Despite the weather refusing to do its bit on the 10th annual Pendle Pub Walk in aid of Pendleside Hospice last weekend, almost 3,000 hardy trekkers took part, with one cake stall managing to raise an amazing £1,200 for the charity.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Burnley, the event saw the thousands of walkers sample the sounds, sights, and delights on offer at a host of local establishments as they all chipped in with the valiant fundraising effort for Pendleside, with organisers hopeful of having surpassed the grand total of £100,000.
Fast becoming a regular feature on the walk, a cake stall in Roughlee run by Petty's Estate Agents' provided the merry pub walkers with a welcome pit stop to grab a (much-needed, in some cases) sugar boost between the pints on their progressively wearier walks between pubs as the stall smashed their own record from last year by £300.
“We’re absolutely thrilled," said Petty's Residential Director, Ian Bythell. "I think it’s testament not only to the great cakes we had on offer, but the generosity shown by local people for this vital local charity at this great event.”
With Pendleside Hospice requiring almost £4m each year to provide its vital community service, £3m annually is raised locally through individual and organised fundraising initiatives, with the Pendle Pub Walk one of the largest and best-loved fixtures on the fundraising calendar.
"A massive thank you to everyone who was part of the Pendle Pub Walk, including walkers, pubs, volunteers, and of course the Rotary Club!" read a statement from Pendleside Hospice. "It was another record breaking year with around 2,700 walkers braving the rain and taking part. We hope to see you next year."
Taking merry participants the length and breadth of the region to the Pendle Inn, the Barley Mow, the Rising Sun, the Cross Gaits, the Old Bridge Inn, the George & Dragon, the White Bear, the Bombay Lounge, the White Swan, and the Fence Gate amongst others, the 10-mile hike along roads and countryside alike provides epic views of the Pendle area.
The late Muriel Jobling MBE, the founding chairman of the hospice - which celebrates its 30th birthday this year - has previously said: "The hospice was built by the community for the community and without the support of our local community we wouldn’t be able to continue to deliver the care to the people who need our support."