Over 40 cardies have signed up for Cardgains’ Cumbria challenge

The 20th annual Cardgains charity challenge is getting closer and there are now over 40 walkers registered to take part in the Kumbaya Cumbria Challenge.

Walkers at the start of last year’s challenge, the 25 mile Seaside Shuffle.
Walkers at the start of last year’s challenge, the 25 mile Seaside Shuffle.

This year the intrepid walkers will take in two legs of the Cumbria Way -between Ulverston and Dungeon Ghyll and skirting around the famous Coniston Water. The 27.5 mile walk takes place on Thursday 21 June.

“It is great to have so many walkers taking part this year,” says Penny Shaw, marketing director for Cardgains. “It’s especially exciting given that it is our 20th year of the challenge. Over the years we have raised almost £300,000 for various charities.”

This year the challengers are raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Abacus/Clare Maddicott’s Nick Carey is taking part in his third challenge.
Abacus/Clare Maddicott’s Nick Carey is taking part in his third challenge.

Nick Carey, managing director of Clare Maddicott Publications and Abacus Cards is taking part in his third Cardgains challenge. “I’ve walked in London and Yorkshire on previous occasions. As a company we support Cardgains and the charities they support each year, participating with their walks and the golf days. The walk is a fun event raising valuable funds for great causes; it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with others from the sector in not the usual environment! I’m really looking forward to the scenery this year, but not looking forward to the sore feet and potential wet weather!”

ackie Collins (right) from Cherry Orchard took a break last year to compete the Three Peaks challenge with creative director Beverley Fisher.
Jackie Collins (right) from Cherry Orchard took a break last year to compete the Three Peaks challenge with creative director Beverley Fisher.

Another returning walker is Jackie Collins, managing director of Cherry Orchard. “This will be my 4th Cardgains challenge, having taken a sabbatical last year to complete the Three Peaks on behalf of Wellchild and wanting to challenge myself, personally in my 50th year. I’m now back and raring to go this June and very much looking forward to being part of the amazing camaraderie there is each year. What am I looking forward to the most: seeing Cummo’s support waggon ahead knowing there’s a warm welcome and plenty of sustenance to keep us going on the next leg :) What am I not looking forward to: probably the hangover the next day!”

20 years of challenges! The 2005 Ben Nevis group at the start.
20 years of challenges! The 2005 Ben Nevis group at the start.
Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain like it did in 2010 during the Windy Wander.
Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain like it did in 2010 during the Windy Wander.
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