WITH events cancelled throughout 2020, the Lyme Regis branch of Cancer Research UK has been coming up with alternative ways to continue its fundraising efforts in recent months.
Branch treasurer and keen walker Anita Routley challenged residents to ‘Walk the Wall’ last year – asking supporters to walk 20 lengths of Lyme Regis seafront, the equivalent of 15 miles.
As well as Anita completing the walk herself, young fundraisers Joshua and Jacob Denning and their mum Annette also took on challenge, as well as LymeOnline editor and fellow Cancer Research UK branch member Francesca Evans, and several other residents.
A total of £1,070 was raised for Cancer Research UK.
nita said: “I would like to thank everyone who donated money or took part in my Walk the Wall Challenge in Lyme Regis. I am pleased to announce that we have raised the sum of £1,070 for Cancer Research which has exceeded the target I had set for this fundraiser.
“A massive thank you to Joshua and Jacob Denning and Francesca Evans who through their sponsorship efforts raised just over half of the money. I have had several comments from people when they handed their money in about how much they enjoyed the challenge.
“If there is anyone else who wants to take on the challenge we are very happy to extend this into 2021 as our normal fundraising efforts are unlikely to restart anytime soon.
“Thank you all, your generosity is always appreciated by our small committee.
Lyme Regis Butchers has also been supporting the Lyme Regis branch of Cancer Research UK during 2020.
After the branch’s Big Breakfast – one of its biggest fundraisers of the year – was called off twice last year due to the pandemic, the butchers, which had intended to provide the bacon and sausages for the event – set itself a challenge to raise as much as possible for the charity.
As well as donating a percentage of online sales to the charity during October and November, they ran a raffle for a £200 Christmas hamper during December, raising a total of more than £500.
Cancer Research UK branch chairman Philip Evans MBE selected the winning ticket at the butchers just before Christmas (pictured top).
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