WALKERS will set off from a Grays pub tomorrow (Saturday) on a 13-mile walk around all the town’s pubs and clubs to raise money for charity.
The Wharf Pub, on Wharf Road South, are holding their annual sponsored walk for the eighth time this year. Since starting the tradition in 2010 the pub have raised around £70,000 for several local charities through the walks.
This year, the group will donate the money raised to the local Thurrock Breathe Easy Support Group, in recognition of the help they give to the organiser of the pub’s first sponsored walk, Martin Conway, who is currently struggling with breathing and lung problems.
The first walk was arranged in response to the pub’s charity box being stolen. The first walk was completed by 12 people and raised £3,500 people. For the eighth walk this Saturday, they are expecting 30 people to join them, with money raised by taking charity boxes with them to the town’s pubs and clubs, and also through sponsorship for completing the walk.
Paul White has helped to organise this year’s walk and has walked five out of the seven previous walks. He said: “Martin hasn’t been able to do the walk the last couple of years, which has been sad because he was the driving force behind setting it all up.
“It was why we decided to make Breathe Easy our charity for this year and they’ll get a cheque at the end of our charity year in March once the money from our other yearly fundraisers is added in.”
The walkers start and finish their walk at the Wharf Pub, meeting there from 11am, and setting off at around midday.
For registration and sponsorship forms see Gary or Jennie Deeks, or alternatively text Paul on 07905 764481.