Annual walk raises £8,000 for local charities

Thousands of pounds was raised for local charities on the 42nd Crown Tavern walk.

“We had 141 walkers and it looks like we’ve raised over £8,000”, said Tracey Shaw, one of the organisers. “It was a record year”.

The first to finish were Mike Anderson and David Elsworth, who took four hours and seven minutes to walk 22 miles from Hawsker to the Crown Tavern pub in Scalby Road, Scarborough.

Close behind were Sarah Flinton (4 12), Colin Ireland (4 18) and Clare Felgate (4 20). Clare, of Woodall Avenue, exclaimed: “I feel like I’m dying! I started crying when I saw the bairn with a well-done sign”.

A second, eight-mile walk began at Hayburn Wyke. Among those to complete it were Ziek Faulkner, a support worker at Willows Lull, and his boss Joanne Parrott. They were pushing William, one of the children who go to the charity to give respite to parents. About 30 staff parents and children from Willows Lull did the walk. “It was the first time we’ve taken part”, Joanne said.

The amount raised was totted up at a paying-in night at the pub on 21 May. A presentation night on 22 June will see trophies handed out to walkers and cheques to beneficiaries. Tracey says: “It will be an emotional night for Jane [Moment], Ray [Springall] and myself, with it being our last one”. The trio have played key roles in organising the walk for the last quarter of a century - or 42 years in Ray’s case.

They have passed the baton on to the town’s two Rotary clubs, who will run the walk from 2020 onwards.

“100% of what the walkers raise is donated to the beneficiaries,” Tracey explains. “Over the 40 years we have raised about £223,000. The beneficiaries are all local charities for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people”.

They are Mencap, Disabled Swimming Group, Riding for the Disabled, Yorkshire Coast Sight Support, Epilepsy Action, Wilf Ward Trust, Scarboccia, Yorkshire Coast Families, Goalball, the Lollipop Group, Frame Football and Orange Zebra Drama Group.