Walk the lion

24th March 2017

Residents of North Somerset are being urged to ‘roar’ into action and take on the 'Strawberry Lion 50:50 Challenge’, to raise money for Meningitis Now.

Walk the lion

The annual walking event is returning on Sunday 7 May, and will see fundraisers taking part in a trek along the Strawberry line, a footpath running through the heart of North Somerset to Cheddar.

The ten mile, old railway line got its fruity name due to the amount of Cheddar-grown strawberries that were transported to Yatton Junction, and then distributed to London markets.

The event is once again being organised and supported by the Yeo Valley Lions Club, who support the local community by providing assistance to individuals and groups who need help. They are encouraging local clubs and groups to take part in the walk, as they will get to keep 50% of the money they raise.

Kevin Moore, Club President said, “The 50:50 challenge is about helping local groups and our chosen charity Meningitis Now.”

He explained, “We want local groups to get involved - they keep 50% of the money they raise and pass the other 50% to the Lions Club. We then give the money to this year’s nominated charity, Meningitis Now.”

Choose your route

Walkers will be given the option of choosing from a; five, six and a half, thirteen, or twenty mile route, so the whole family can get involved!

Three walks will start and finish at Yatton Railway Station car park where walkers will be registered and given water and other treats, while the fourth walk is a one way route from Winscombe Millennium Green to Yatton Station. All walkers who complete the challenge will also receive a certificate of achievement. Registration starts from 9.00am and is open until 11.00am.

Carrie Bater, Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now said: “We really are thrilled that the Yeo Valley Lions Club has chosen us as their partner charity for this event.

“The event will not only help to raise money for Meningitis Now, but also raise awareness of the potentially life threatening disease."

“We would like to encourage everyone, both young and old from the local area, to lace up their walking shoes and ‘roar’ into action for the Strawberry Lion 50:50 challenge!”

Walkers are encouraged to bring sufficient drinks and snacks for the duration of the challenge, although bottled water will be available at checkpoints.

There is an entry fee of £5 per person (children under 11 are free) or £10 per team. To book your place, visit the Yeo Valley Lions website: www.yeovalleylions.org.uk and click on ‘Strawberry Lion walk’.

So, why not get together with family and friends, raise money for charity and ‘Walk the lion’ with pride!