Leading Northern Ireland charity Action MS has launched its annual sponsored walk event by urging local walking enthusiasts to “put their best foot forward” and take on one of the UK most celebrated, scenic hill walks.
The ‘Walk the Walk’ challenge, which takes place from Friday September 6 to Sunday September 8, will see an Action MS team walk to the top of Helvellyn – a 950m tall mountain with breathtaking views of England’s Lake District. Adding to the spirit of adventure, the team will be staying at the head of the stunning Lake Ullswater – the scene of Sir Donald Campbell’s 202mph water speed record in 1955.
This year’s 15km walk is open to ramblers over the age of 18 and at all levels of fitness and experience. Professional guides will be on hand to assist the team throughout the challenge.
Action MS Chief Executive, Ann Walker, said: “Northern Ireland has the second highest incidence of multiple sclerosis in the world, and there are presently thousands of families across the region living with this illness. Our ‘Walk the Walk’ fundraising challenge to Helvellyn will enable us to continue to deliver vital services in the local community and I would encourage as many people as possible to join us for what will be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.”
Action MS Patron, and Cool FM presenter, Connor Phillips said: “In addition to supporting a great cause, participants will have a great opportunity to take in the stunning scenery from around the Lake District. You don’t have to be an experienced hill walker – anyone who simply enjoys getting out into the great outdoors can take part!”
Action MS offers a wide range of services to empower people with multiple sclerosis to take control and manage their own lives and give practical help to those who need it. Action MS does not receive any government funding and services are provided through the generous support of the people of Northern Ireland and the local business community.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £450; all coach transport and accommodation will be provided. Further information on ‘Walk the Walk’ in Helvellyn, contact Patricia at Action MS on 028 907 907 07 or log on to www.actionms.co.uk
Pictured is South Belfast man Andrew Dinsmore who recently completed the gruelling ‘Alexander the Great’ Half Marathon on behalf of the charity – and for his mum who’s had MS almost all her adult life.
The 23-year-old former Methodist College pupil, who hails from Malone Road in South Belfast, dedicated the race to his mum who has lived with the illness for over 30 years. Anyone who would like to show their support for Andrew can donate via his justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Dinsmore