Walking for a ‘wheelie’ good cause

By Rachael Grealish

WEST Cumbria is set to put on a ‘wheelie’ good show for charity as the Wheelie Bin Challenge is back for 2018.

Ready to roll: Last year over £10,000 was raised for charity with the wheelie bin challenge Photo by Robert Haile

This years event is twice the size of the previous event and includes ten local charity teams who will assemble on the June 29 to pull wheelie bins around a 20 miles.

The route will take them between different West Cumbrian schools collecting food for Foodbanks.

In 2015 the event raised around £10,000 for charity and collected over 1.5 tonnes of food from local schools.

The ten charity teams entered are: Northlakes Foodbank, Kie Skate Park, West Cumbria Carers, SOBS West Cumbria, CAB Copeland, Give us a break, Whitehaven RUFC, Bloodbikes, Brain Cancer Research and Howgill Family Centre.

Organising team volunteer, Catherine Johnson, said: “The challenge has been very fortunate in attracting a great team made up of local volunteers, business, school staff, pupils and the charities themselves and it’s an absolute pleasure to play a part in its delivery.

“It’s vital for people in the community get involved – we welcome any support with a smile a cuppa and open arms because every little helps.

“Some people don’t wish to walk 20 miles but will be making flapjack or marshal the event.”
The organising team are currently in the process of attracting sponsors for both the event and several of the charity teams.

If anyone wishes to support the event, walk for one of the charities or sponsor a team please email azzar38@aol.com.
The West Cumbria Wheelie Bin Challenge is set to go ahead on June 29.