A group of nine ramblers from St Mary’s the Virgin Church in Ovingham, Northumberland have recently completed the St Oswald’s Way walk to raise funds for their local church and for St Oswald’s Hospice.
St Oswald’s Way is a long distance walking route which incorporates some of the most picturesque and historical locations from across the North East. The walk starts along the North East coastline and then turns inward towards mainland with Hadrian’s Wall and Lindisfarne being amongst the locations walked through. There is plenty of variety in terms of landscape with rivers, beaches, castles, villages, farms and forests all featuring on the walk.
The walkers from St Mary’s had initially aimed to raise £100 per mile for the 100 miles of the route, to fund a new kitchen and central heating installation at the church. But as their fundraising total exceeded the initial £10,000 they hoped for, the church decided to make a donation of £1450 to St Oswald’s as well.
The organiser of the event and member of St Mary’s congregation, Andy Maidwell said “We were extremely happy to be in a position where we could offer St Oswald’s our support and fundraise for them, we well as getting the money we need to make vital improvements to our church.
“We had a superb week and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful walks. We were blessed with great weather throughout the week and were thrilled to have the company of over one hundred local supporters who joined us for different sections of the walk. These supporters and their dogs were welcome and uplifting additions to our walk!”
Our Community Fundraiser Danielle Callender, added: “We couldn’t be happier that the team from St Mary’s enjoyed their week fundraising for us. I joined them for the final leg of their walk, along with the team from St Oswald’s who recently completed a charity trek to Everest base Camp and the atmosphere and camaraderie was great! We are delighted that the walkers decided to support St Oswald’s and can guarantee that their donation will be put to good use helping to support local adults and children with incurable conditions”.
St Mary’s Church held a celebration concert on the 19th June in order to thank the walkers and everyone who supported them, and to officially hand over the cheques of money raised. Andy, Danielle and Reverend Eric Lewis all attended the event and Danielle made a speech to the parishioners, where she praised the dedication of the walkers and spoke to them about other events and fundraising opportunities within the Hospice.