Put your best foot forward and ‘Walk the Crewe Walk’ for the Mayor

14 March 2014 15:30

The Mayor of Cheshire East is asking for volunteers to don their walking shoes to help raise money for her nominated charities: Blind Veterans UK and NSPCC Rainbow House in Crewe.

Cheshire East Council Mayor Councillor Dorothy Flude is supporting 'Walk the Crewe Walk,' a 3.5 mile trip across Crewe on 13 April which as well as raising money for the Mayor's good causes is helping to raise awareness of walking as a healthy, money-saving way of making short journeys while reducing damaging Co2 emissions and traffic congestion.

"We're so used to driving, even for short journeys, that we sometimes don't realise how close together places actually are and how quickly we can make the journey on foot" she said.

She added: "I think this is a great opportunity for families and friends to walk together and discover alternative ways to travel around the town. The NHS recommends that we all walk 10,000 steps a day to stay in good health and many of us get nowhere near this amount of exercise every day, so joining the walk will be a good place for people to start."

'Walk the Walk' is being supported by Smarter Ways to Travel- a Department for Transport project which is encouraging sustainable travel in Crewe and inviting participants to travel sustainably to and from the event.

The walk begins and ends in the town centre, close to the bus station. People cycling in will be treated to free bike security marking by Cheshire Police plus Dr Bike health checks and free travel advice.

South Cheshire Ramblers will be helping to lead the walk, which is open to all (although under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult).

As part of the event we be making it possible for people to do a section of the Walk under Blindfold using Sighted Guide techniques. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Blind Veterans UK's work and about living with a vision impairment.  

Walkers need to pre-register by 5pm Tuesday April 8, 2014. Advance registration is £5 per adult walker, £1 per child or student walker and £10 per family (2 adults and 2 children or students). Under-5s go free.

Once you have registered Cheshire East Council will send you a sponsorship form and more details.  Please ensure that you collect sponsorship monies after the event and pay them by phone or in person by Friday April, 18.

Registration forms are available from Crewe Library, The Municipal Buildings, Delamere House or you can download one on the Cheshire East website, where you can also make a donation if you aren't able to join in with the event on the day.