THE dedicated organiser of a charity walk which is entering its 14th year is appealing for people to take part.
St Helens woman, Charlotte-Anne Ferguson, known to friends as Shyanne, has run the annual Wigan to St Helens St Trinian’s walk every year and has seen its popularity soar since its inception.
The walk, on September 3, now attracts about 60 people each year and has raised more than £100,000 since it was first started.
Charlotte-Anne said: “The walk first started when a friend and I did it for Comic Relief one year, and once we’d finished we decided that we’d do it again the following year, but for Children With Leukaemia in memory of my cousin’s nephew who died when he was just 21.
“I never imagined that we’d still be doing it so many years later and as well as those who do the walk year in year out I am still seeing new faces, which is great.
“Last year we raised £7.500 from the walk and it’s really great to see everybody rallying round and doing what they can for the cause.”
The charity supported by the walkers, which sees participants dress up as school girls and boys, has now changed to Children With Cancer UK, and again Charlotte-Anne, 59, is appealing for kind-hearted people across the borough to come forward and get involved, in whatever way they can.
She said: “Whether you want to take part in the walk, donate a prize for a raffle or sponsor us we would welcome whatever support you can give.
“We have had so much support throughout the years and we are always amazed by how generous people are.”
Each year Ogden’s Executive Travel and Hattons Executive Travel take the group to their starting destination at The Last Orders pub on Wallgate, Wigan, and Shaun Harrison prints 300 posters free of charge.
There are already about 55 people signed up to the walk, which is renowned throughout the borough, but Charlotte-Anne, is still urging more people to come forward as she would like to make this year a record year.
She said: “It’s a really fun day, a pub crawl with collections on the roadside and it has no time limit on it so everybody can join in, but it is also for a really great cause.
“We just want everybody to enjoy themselves but at the end of the day the more people we can get doing the walk to more money we raise for the charity, which of course is the main goal of the day.”
There will also be a charity night at Rubino’s restaurant in St Helens on August 22, including a female singer, table entertainer, disco and three course meal for £25.
The walk will go from The Last Orders pub in Wigan right through to St Helens town centre.
For more information about the walk or the charity night call Charlotte-Anne on 01744 606 299.