Boardwalk raises £5000 for Air Ambulance

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AN 11 mile walk has raised £5000 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

120 walkers plus a few dogs completed the trek from Goathland back to the Board Inn pub at Lealholm via Beck Hole, Grosmont, Egton Bridge and Glaisdale.

They were sponsored for their efforts and after they returned to the pub there was a well earned barbecue and tombola. Extra donations were also made to add to the coffers.

The Boardwalk has become an annual event and was started after Antony Welford, the then captain of Lealhom FC had a severe reaction when he was stung by a wasp during a game.

Robin Hoggarth, who organised the walk, said: “They got the doctor who said he won’t make it if you get an ambulance, you will have to get the air ambulance.

“It got him to York Hospital in five minutes and saved his life basically.”

Over the years the Boardwalk has raised £18, 000 and takes place every August bank holiday.

Mr Hoggarth added: “It has got bigger and bigger. We started with 30 people, then 50, then 80 and now there are 120. People want to come on it and it is a great amount of cash raised through local people.”