WATCH: Holy Island charity walk gets record numbers

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An annual charity fundraising walk held on Holy Island is expected to raise more than £5,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after attracting a record number of participants.

Organised by the North Northumberland fundraising group, the sixth Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday proved to be another big success, with more than 250 walkers completing the five-mile course.

More than £2,000 was raised on the day in entry fees alone, and much more is expected to come in as a result of individual sponsorship.

“We are hoping to raise £5,000 to £6,00,” said organiser Helen Tait.

“We have never had a turnout like this,” she added. “We’ve had more than 250 walkers, which surpasses anything we’ve had in the past. We’ve had people come from all over the country as well as locals, so we’re delighted with the turnout.

“This kind of event is bread and butter Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We raise lots of money. We’re hoping to raise in the region of £5,000 to £6,000 from the walk.

“But it is not all about raising money. Seeing 250 people walking round the island wearing the red T-shirts is fantastic because it raises awareness of the disease.”

As ever, there was no shortage of help from volunteers and local businesses.

“There is a group of about ten people actually in the fundraising group, but others come in to help us,” Helen explained.

Northumbria Water donated bottles of water to every walker and Perryman’s Buses transported the Berwick Academy pupils who acted as marshals. They were led by Pam and Elliot Hill. Lindisfarne Ltd allowed organisers to use the car park as the start and finishing point.

Helen added: “We’re very grateful to everybody who helped.”