Eight-day walk uphill work for Inner Wheel members

Charity walkers from the Inner Wheel Club of Banbury

Charity walkers from the Inner Wheel Club of Banbury

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During the very hot weather of the last week in August, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Banbury raised money for charities by walking the length of the Cotswolds Way.

Walking up to 15 miles a day for eight days, the small team of walkers covered 102 miles, supported by club member, Clare Jakeman, and Dave Clarke, as well as drivers who transported their luggage.

The hilly Cotswold Way proved a real challenge in the high temperatures.

But the team were rewarded by fabulous views across the Gloucestershire and Avon countryside, to the Severn estuary and into Wales.

Along the way, they met new friends from Inner Wheel clubs who joined them to walk on different days.

Their journey ended at the doors of Bath Abbey, where they were met by supporters.

This year, Banbury Inner Wheel member Linda Clarke is the chairman for District 9, co-ordinating the 17 clubs within Oxfordshire, Berkshire and part of Buckinghamshire.

Linda’s nominated charity, Kidney Research UK, is set to benefit from sponsor money pledged by friends and family for the epic walk.

The charity’s work funds treatments, information and patient awareness for the three million people in the UK who are battling kidney disease.

Banbury Inner Wheel member Annie Phillips, the organiser for international service and fundraising, has selected Send A Cow for members to support.

The charity provides livestock to African families, enabling them to feed their families, maintain a source of income and work their way out of poverty.

The team of walkers wore T-shirts promoting their two charities to raise awareness as they travelled from Chipping Campden to Bath.