May 25, 2008
walkers beat the weather and stride out for charity
weather failed to dampen the spirits of almost 100 walkers who
took part in the annual fundraising beach walk between Burnham-On-Sea
and Brean Down on Sunday (May 25th).
15-mile beach walk, which is held each May to raise money for
the Alzheimers Society, started and finished at Burnham
Pier, taking in Berrow and Brean Cove along the scenic route.
Mike Barsby told Burnham-On-Sea.com that although numbers were
hit by the weather, he was pleased by the turbout.
had a crowd of 98 walkers, which was really good considering the
poor weather," he said. "A further 25 walkers decided
to do the walk next weekend instead."
had a good mixture of ages which included a 86-year-old man who
walked as far as Berrow. One or two people had a few blisters,
but everyone enjoyed the day."
coats and umbrellas were required for part of the walk, when walkers
including locals Lynne Baillie and Carol Gadd (pictured above)
strode along the sand to Brean.
Barsby said he expected that approximately £1,500 would
have been raised for The Alzheimers Society from Sunday's
event, although a final figure won't be known for several weeks.
"Alzheimers can affect anyone statistics show
that 1 in 4 people know or have known someone with Alzeimers or
Dementia," added Mike.
walkers strode along the sea wall at the start of Sunday's walk.
Smart family from Burnham were among those taking part. They were
raising funds in memory of two family members who were long-time
walkers streamed onto the beach at Burnham for the 15-mile walk.
on the horizon, the walkers passed Burnham's lighthouse.
the dog was among the four-legged participants taking part in
Sunday's event which saw the walkers wrapped up in water-proof
walkers disappeared onto the horizon as they made their way past