Night time walk helps local charities

More than 250 people have taken part in a nighttime lantern walk to raise money for charity.

Crowds of people wrapped up in their winter warmers as walked the two–and–a–half miles along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Thornbridge Hall.

Bakewell charity night walk, Ros Scott and Mandy Knibbs

Bakewell charity night walk, Ros Scott and Mandy Knibbs

Proceeds from the event will be split between Helen’s Trust and Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport (BECT).

Heidi Hawkins, Helen’s Trust chief executive, said: “The evening was an amazing success. The walk itself was absolutely fantastic and it was such a lovely clear night.

“It was also so encouraging to see so many people supporting a local charity.”

The walkers started off from the Agricultural Business Centre, in Bakewell, and were led by Mayor Paul Morgans, as well as Bakewell Bear, the Helen’s Trust mascot, and Helen’s Trust founder and chairman Dr Louise Jordan.

Councillor Morgans said: “Helen’s Trust is a fantastic charity, it’s really admirable the work that they do helping terminally ill people remain in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

“The charity is actually based in Bakewell and it’s the only office they have so I’ve got a bit of affection for them really.”

“The walk was great fun. It really brought the community together.”

Eleven Brownies from second Bakewell Methodist Brownies also took part in the walk.

Once the walkers reached Thornbridge Hall, entertainment was provided by the Babbling Vagabonds, a local theatre company, dancers from the Peak Performance Theatre School and 14–year–old harpist, Laura Rose Gee.

Both charities gave their thanks to Jim and Emma Harrison for the use of the Carriage House at Thornbridge Hall.

Return transport to Bakewell Showground was provided for walkers by BECT.

So far more than £1,000 has been raised from the event.

To view a video slideshow of the event, click on the link above.