Striding out in memory of Marie

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Members of three Whitby groups linked by one popular member who died last year are coming together to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Rotary Club Endeavour will meet members of Whitby Amateur Dramatic Society and Whitby Keep Fit group in Sleights on Sunday (8 May) to take part in a sponsored walk to Goathland’s “Inn on the Moor”.

The route has been chosen as it links two villages where Marie Wells, who died in January, lived.

Mrs Wells was a popular member of these clubs and during her battle with cancer she was supported by Macmillan, so the clubs have decided to say thanks by conducting the sponsored walk.

The Endeavour Rotary’s Ruth Durbridge said: “The club felt that the walk, linking the two villages where Marie had lived, would be a fitting tribute to her as well as a great way of raising funds for Macmillan.

“Marie took part in the club’s first sponsored walk last year and it was such an enjoyable day for all, members wanted to undertake another walk for a charity so close to all our hearts.”

The nine mile walk will follow the path of the historic Esk Valley, passing through some of the National Park’s most stunning scenery.

Angie Thirkill, of Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership and an Endeavour Rotarian, said: “The walk passes farms and goes through Grosmont and the picturesque hamlet of Beck Hole, so it will appeal to all ages, including rail enthusiasts who will no doubt enjoy some train spotting along the way.”

The walk starts from the Briggswath recycling point at 9.15am on Sunday, or people can join at Newbiggin Hall Farm, Grosmont, or at Beck Hole.

Members of Endeavour Rotary will also be in Grosmont on the day, hoping to raise funds for Macmillan.