UPDATED: We gathered at Victory Park at 7am, setting off long before the sun rose over Rivington. Last year's four walkers were there again: Dave Tindall, Mark Rees, John Paul Lynch and Chris Blackburn. They were overjoyed to be joined by another ten walkers. Chorley FC Commercial Manager Josh Vosper was representing the club in a very natty pair of Doc Martens. Seasoned walker Mark Pye led the way through the farm tracks of West Lancashire. Lorraine and Eddy Coulston pointed out the woodpecker who could be heard at work in a copse in Heskin. Caitlin and Hayden represented the younger generation of Chorley supporters. Dave Fearnley spoke for the majority of the walkers when he admitted to being a little under prepared. However pride of place goes to Claire Wright, who lost ten stone last year and wanted to start 2018 with a big challenge. A 20 mile walk certainly fits that bill, and she was accompanied by her daughter Kenzie and her friend Sophie. We will split the total raised as follows: 25% each to Derian House and Chorley Women's Centre, and 50% for our Fan Ownership Fund. Derian House provides palliative and respite care for children with life shortening illnesses and practical support to families through the highs and lows of the illness and beyond. Currently the centre is providing support to over 300 families. Chorley Women’s Centre provides emotional support to women experiencing difficult times in their lives (including domestic violence, mental health crises and sexual abuse) and works to improve their self-esteem and confidence through counselling and drop in sessions. We've set up the Fan Ownership Fund because we think that the best possible owners for Chorley FC are the supporters. Community ownership is the best way to guarantee a long-term future for the club we love. You can find out more at http://cfcst.org/fan-ownership-fund/ Last year we raised £2500 for Galloway's Society for the Blind, Friends for You and the Fan Ownership Fund.
Good luck and go Chorley!
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