Hundreds turn out for Walk for Life

Callum Johnson, 9, left, and Caitlin Rae, 7 dressed up for the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093p
Callum Johnson, 9, left, and Caitlin Rae, 7 dressed up for the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093p
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n WALK for Life is a fundraising event where participants can support a charity of their own choice. Those represented yesterday included national organisations such as Parkinsons UK and local causes, such as the India Robertson Appeal.

HUNDREDS of people stepped out in the sunshine to enjoy yesterday’s Walk for Life in Scarborough.

Amy Allen, left, and friends, from Scarborough Dance Centre, looking forward to the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093g 11/03/12

Amy Allen, left, and friends, from Scarborough Dance Centre, looking forward to the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093g 11/03/12

The annual event, which starts in North Bay, was blessed with glorious sunshine and attracted lots of participants and spectators.

Many walkers wore fancy dress in keeping with the “Great Britain 2012” theme, with a number of people sporting red, white and blue outfits.

Linda Tomczak, one of the organisers, dressed up as the Queen as a nod to the Diamond Jubilee this year.

She said: “The weather is fabulous and we’ve had a great response this year, with lots of groups taking part.”

Hot dog at the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093j 11/03/12

Hot dog at the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093j 11/03/12

Fellow organiser Theresa Hargreaves said: “Everyone’s costumes look absolutely fantastic. People always make such an effort. It’s all about getting out there and enjoying the walk.

“We’ve got people taking part from four months old to those in their 80s and 90s. The following we have year on year, especially from the older generation, is fantastic.”

Walkers from Stagecoach Theatre Arts got everyone to sing along to the official Walk for Life song before the event was started off by town crier Alan Booth.

Former mayor Janet Jefferson is a regular participant and was among the walkers. She said: “It’s the 18th year I’ve done it. It’s a wonderful community event and lots of groups always turn out.”

India Robertson, and her family, doing the Walk for Life 2012 to raise money for special treatment in America. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093k 11/03/12

India Robertson, and her family, doing the Walk for Life 2012 to raise money for special treatment in America. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093k 11/03/12

Angela Furnish, of Newby, was walking with her poodle Dotty in aid of Cliff Top Rehoming Kennels in Burniston.

The 55 year old said: “It’s my first year doing the walk and it’s great.

“Dotty has even got her own sponsor card!”

Helen Rae, 27, of Trafalgar Street West, was walking to raise money for the special care baby unit at Hull Royal Infirmary. Her baby cousin Cali was born prematurely at 24 weeks and lived for 14 weeks before she passed away.

Helen Rae, left, Mandy Johnson, and Katie McWatt, ready for the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093m 11/03/12

Helen Rae, left, Mandy Johnson, and Katie McWatt, ready for the Walk for Life 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121093m 11/03/12

She said: “We’re walking as a family to help raise money for new equipment at the unit.”

Walkers finished the 3.5-mile event at the Spa Complex.