A Brave teenager who has cerebral palsy is once more to join a charity walk to help raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Lewis Baker- Vose will tackle t he 10 K Big Charity Walk in his wheelchair with the help of Carer Colin.

More than 800 people are expected to take part in this year’s event which takes place on Sunday 18 th May and is organised by the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle .

Entrants will be encouraged to don fancy dress, and prizes will be awarded to winners both individually and as a group.

Lewis, who atten ds the Tor View, Further Education Department in Haslingden will be raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice in memory of his grandmother who died 6 years ago. His mum Sharon of Highfield Close, Oswaldtwistle , said “He can walk a little bit with a frame but the ground has to be level and someone always has to be with him. He is an active youngster doing swimming and horse riding so a sponsored walk does not faze him.”

Lewis has just returned fr om a 7 day Rotary sponsored Calvert Trust which challenges disability through outdoor adventure at a camp on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Taking part in such activities such as a wheelchair challenge, hand cycling, abseiling, sailing, horse riding and of course socialising.

The popular BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden has agreed to get the Walk underway and hopes to complete the 10K event. The Rotary Club is delighted to have such a personality to lead the way.

Anyone wishing to take part in either the 5 or 10K Walk are invited to procure a Sponsorship form and raise funds for the Charity or good cause of their choice. Although the Rotary club organise the Walk any monies raised are passed to the nominated Charity by the walkers themselves.

Blowjangles a musical group will be entertaining throughout the day with their lively music and colourful outfits. The entrance fee is £5 per person (£7 on the day) children under 12 go free. Food and refreshments are available along the route as well as at the start and finish.

Ron Pickup, Walk Organiser said “ The Rotary club are very pleased that Lewis has registered, he is a very brave young person who will be taking part in is his 4 th time doing the Walk having raised over £1,000 for the Hospice. Hopefully we will get another big turnout from the public for this prestige walk which can produce over £25,000 for Charities and good causes.”

Any person wanting information/entry form or sponsorship form should either register online at: or ring Stuart Duhan on telephone number 01254 433501

M. Jackson

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