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The first ever CAN Morecambe Bay Charity Walk took place on Saturday 2nd August with 193 CAN supporters braving the chilly waters of the estuary.
The sponsorship money has now been collected. £4,275.00 has been raised – a fantastic result. It is likely the money will be used to improve lighting at some of our remote Health Posts by installing solar powered lights. This will improve the health care CAN nurses are able to give to their patients.
Walkers came from far and wide to join CAN. The prize for the furthest travelled goes to a walker from Canada, but it was wonderful to welcome walkers from across the UK including London, Newcastle and Cardiff.
It was an early start for all with registration and garlanding with Khata ceremonial scarves at 8:15am followed by a prompt departure at 9:15am with Cedric Robinson MBE our guide. The first section of the walk follows the rocky foreshore to White Creek, where we gathered before steeping out across the waters. With Cedric taking the lead, testing out the sand with his walking stick, we headed out into the bay. As the waters deepened we soon had wet feet and more. This was coupled with thoughts of ‘we shouldn’t really be walking here’! One small dog decided it was all too much and made a run back across the sands heading for Arnside! Thankfully CAN’s walk backmarker caught the dog, using the cord from her emergency whistle as a lead!
After three deeper crossings the party reached the grassy foreshore near Kents Bank Station and we were safe on terra firma. Cedric had swiftly set up his tables to issue walk certificates and accept the thanks of the happy wanderers. All that remained was to squash, like sardines in tin, on the train to return to Arnside and the end of our adventure.
CAN would like thank all the walkers who gave their time and donations to talk part in the walk, CAN supporter John Herington who came up with the idea, all the CAN volunteers and walk back markers who worked so hard before and during the walk, Arnside Parish Council for use of the seafront meeting area and of course Cedric Robinson MBE who made the walk possible and made us all so welcome. Thank you all.