Stepping out for charity

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A duo from a Lincolnshire Co-op Travel branch are striding forward with a 91 mile walk to raise money for the Society’s Charities of the Year, Plan and Pascal.

Marc Butler and Aaron Hood from the Society’s Carlton Centre Travel branch will set off from Market Rasen on 8th July to tackle the Lindsey Loop trail over five days.

The route meanders through six market towns and will see them passing through woodland, over arable fields, along waterside paths, up pre-historic tracks and past notable landmarks.

It has been altered slightly so that the boys will finish at the Carlton Centre, in Lincoln, on 12th July. Customers will be invited to celebrate the finish along with the Society’s mascot Kool Kat and travel colleagues.

The energetic pair, who both live in Lincoln, will be staying at bed and breakfasts along the way and Nick and Jane O’Farrell who run a guest house in Alford have donated a night for free.

Marc said: “90 miles is a long way, the London marathon is 26 so that puts it in perspective. We’re walking further than Manchester to Lincolnshire. We saw it on a sign when we travelled up there recently and kept thinking the whole way, we’ve got to walk further than this.”

Aaron and Marc will be at the Lincolnshire Show promoting their charity walk and collecting sponsorship money. People can also sponsor them at the branch, which is on Alexander Walk, contact them direct at the branch on (01522) 780 940 or go to the pair's Just Giving site. 

The route:
Sunday, July 8th - Market Rasen to Caistor to East Ravendale (21.5miles)
Monday, July 9th - East Ravendale to Louth (12 miles)
Tuesday, July 10th - Louth to Alford (14.5 miles)
Wednesday, July 11th - Alford to Spilsby to Horncastle (21 miles)
Thursday, July 12th - Horncastle to Lincoln (22 miles)

Plan is an international children’s development organisation that helps poor children and their families build sustainable lives. Lincolnshire Co-op is supporting a project in Rwanda that helps young people pull themselves out of extreme poverty by setting up co-operative businesses.

Pascal is a co-operative of Age UKs in Lincolnshire which delivers vital services to over 4,000 elderly people per week. The Society is helping the organisation to continue to provide information and advice, falls awareness, visiting and befriending, activities and community support services.


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