Barnoldswick cancer charity Bosom Friends is encouraging fundraisers to stretch their legs, breathe the fresh country air deep into their lungs and then pop to the pub or, more correctly, a number of pubs and it’s all for a great cause.
The Bosom Friends Sponsored West Craven Pub Walk sets off on Saturday the 6th of September and swings by up to 15 taverns in Barlick, Earby, Kelbrook, Foulridge and Salterforth. It was all the idea of Sharon Fenton, whose family have been touched by cancer themselves, and she says it was an obvious choice. “I thought as we have fantastic scenery and views in West Craven, why not organise an event for a local charity that provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone affected by any type of cancer in Pendle, Craven and the Ribble Valley area.”
Starting at Rolls Royce Leisure, there is a choice of a six mile or 12 mile route dependent on ability and a £10 registration fee for adults with the money raised helping the charity’s work in the area. Bosom Friends trustee Catherine Oldfield has been bowled over by the support that the pubs on the route have given them, “many of them will have food on sale so that walkers can keep their strength up as they go along!” she explains, “It’s also a great opportunity for those taking part to rally round and get their families, friends and colleagues to sponsor them to raise even more much needed funds.”
Catherine has first-hand experience of the important work of Bosom Friends. Her daughter Chloe was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma a very rare and aggressive form of liver cancer – in March 2007 at the age of 13. Through sheer determination and courage Chloe defied the odds and survived for another two and a half years. “Bosom Friends were incredibly supportive through this time not only offering emotional support but thanks to their generosity Chloe was able to enjoy a much needed shopping trip for a new wardrobe when she lost weight due to treatment. And we were able to take trips to London and New York thanks to the help of Bosom Friends – these were very special occasions and meant a great deal as we have some fantastic memories to remember Chloe by. Bosom Friends as a group is really grateful to people like Sharon Fenton who are willing to organise fundraising events to allow us to continue this much needed work.
Bosom Friends is an independent charity run by volunteers. Its aim is to make a difference to lives of local people affected by any type of cancer.
Since its launch in 2000, thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, Bosom Friends has raised over £250,000, allowing them to directly support people in the Pendle, Craven and Ribble Valley areas.
The group not only offers emotional support but also everyday practical help, discretionary financial aid as well as organising regular meetings and activities.
Registration for the walk will take place between 9-11am on the 6th of September at Rolls-Royce Leisure. The walk will firstly venture over the hill to Earby for a short tour of the hostelries followed by a short hike to Kelbrook where those doing the shorter route will then head back to Barnoldswick. The more hardy individuals will then be led into the village of Foulridge and down towards the canal before heading back to Salterforth.
The final part of the walk will meander back to Barnoldswick and into the town centre.
This is a great opportunity to get friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you to raise some extra money. Visit www.bebosomfriends.org.uk to download and print a sponsorship form or to set up a fundraising page through Virgin Money Giving.