Walkers brave the elements on Colne charity stroll

TAKING SHELTER: Brave fund-raisers keep dry at the weekend's 'Autumn Stroll' event  for Rosemere Cancer Foundation (S)
TAKING SHELTER: Brave fund-raisers keep dry at the weekend's 'Autumn Stroll' event for Rosemere Cancer Foundation (S)

It may have been wet and miserable at the weekend, but walkers were not going to let their spirits be dampened during a Colne charity event.

A total of 45 people turned out to take part in the town’s first “Autumn Stroll”, which had been organised by The Rotary Club of Colne Noyna and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Participants began their walk at Holt House,before then taking in five-miles of the surrounding countryside on their circular route.

Fund-raising co-ordinator at Rosemere Cancer Foundation Dan Hill said: “Before we had even started most people were already soaked, but everyone came very well prepared with full waterproofs, brollies and wellies.

“Everyone completed the five-mile walk starting and finishing at Colne FC, who were very hospitable providing shelter, refreshments and towels to dry off with at the end.

“Well done to everyone who took part and braved the day with big smiles on their faces, a big thank you to the Rotary Club of Colne Noyna for organising and marshalling the route. After this inaugural event we look forward to next years stroll and hope it will be bigger and better.”

Among those taking part in the event, which included refreshments by the Alma Inn, was Elaine Waine – who was helped by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation during her own battle with breast cancer.

The 50-year-old, from Foulridge, was given the devastating diagnosis in 2008. But after various treatments at the Rosemere Cancer Centre, in Preston, she is set to be discharged at the end of the year.

She said: “Had I not checked my breasts, and reacted accordingly I would certainly not be doing a sponsored walk for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.”

The success of the “Autumn Stroll” was also highlighted on Twitter, with one user writing: “My sister & nephew walked 5 miles today in very wet weather on behalf of @RosemereCF in memory of my dad. So proud of them both.”

And Rosemary Cancer Foundation tweeted: “Inaugural Autumn Stroll completed in partnership with Colne Noyna @rotary, what a day, well done to the 45people who braved the elements!”

All funds raised will go to Rosemere Cancer Foundation to support local people and their families in the fight against cancer. The total raised is yet to be confirmed.