Walk for Wheels to raise money for Lord's Taverners
For one group of cricket fans, the journey to the Cloudfm County Ground for Saturday's Vitality Blast match between Essex Eagles and Hampshire will take a bit longer than normal as they walk 20 miles to the ground in aid of Lord's Taverners charitable projects in Essex.
More than 20 walkers made up of Essex Lord's and Lady Taverners members and supporters of the charity will be taking part in Walk For Wheels - a challenge to raise money for projects across the county including a new specially adapted minibus for Corbets Tey School in Upminster.
The walk will start at Maldon High Street at just after 9am and continue along the River Chelmer stopping off for refreshments at Heybridge Basin, courtesy of Tiptree Tearoom. The next stop will be at Paper Mill Lock before continuing on to Chelmsford finishing at The Cloudfm County Ground in time for the match.
Along with the minibus for Corbets Tey School, other projects in Essex to benefit from the work of the charity this year include a 17-seater minibus for the Endeavour School in Brentwood, outdoor fitness equipment at Thriftwood School, Chelmsford and Anderson School (National Autistic Society), Chigwell. The charity is also providing three sports wheelchairs to All Ability Leisure in Harlow and granting funding to Freya Levy, an Essex athlete who requires funding for a new bespoke sports wheelchair.
To date the walkers have raised £6,500 but with the kind support of everyone at Essex and supporters at the game, they are hoping to add to this through bucket collections.
Spencer Davis, Chairman of the Essex Lord's Taverners, said: "Many local companies and supporters have really got behind the Essex Sporting Chance - Walk for Wheels and while it's going to be a challenge for everyone taking part, it's also going to be a hugely rewarding day as we look to raise money for some fantastic and vital projects across Essex. We'd like to thank everyone who has helped organise the walk and also to Essex County Cricket Club and 71M for allowing us to finish on a high at what everyone hopes will be a sold out Cloudfm County Ground."
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