Orwell Challenge Raises money for charity

Cllr Liz Harsant wrote in the recent “Waterfront Life Magazine “I am a proud member of the Rotary Club of Ipswich East and one of our biggest fundraisers over the years has been The Orwell Walk, which began as long ago as 1977. Over the years, millions of miles have been walked by many thousands of enthusiastic walkers, raising a staggering £3m for local charities. It was a past President of our Rotary Club, Derek Jarman, that established the Walk and he was awarded an MBE for services to local charities.

“That is a little history of the Walk and last year I decided to take part in the Walk, which I had never done before; having just been a helper. I walked for a local charity - Friends of the Ferns - where I am a trustee. There were probably about 15 of us all walking together - or at least that’s how it started!

“I’m used to walking, no longer having a car, but oh my goodness - it is a long way! My worst bit was down on the foreshore; when I suddenly sank up to my knees in mud. I was walking with a well-known ex-police officer who had to haul me out. The poor man must have felt he was out with his grandmother! However, I finished; and having said I would do 12 miles, I ended up doing 16 - which was quite an achievement.”

This year the Orwell Walk was re-branded the Orwell Challenge. This year’s event took place on Sunday 17th June and 700 people were walking, cycling or running the picturesque route along the River Orwell, from Ipswich towards Felixstowe on private land.  The event raised over £100,000 for charity.

The full June magazine can be read here-