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Community | 5th November 2021
 

Walking in the rain

Rotary Umbrella Walk raises smiles and funds despite the weather

 
 
 

UMBRELLAS were out in force at the weekend for the aptly named Rotary Club of Langholm’s Umbrella Walk fundraiser.

While it usually takes place earlier in the year, encouraged by figures from last year’s rescheduled walk, they decided to stick to an autumn walk fundraiser walk in both Canonbie and Langholm.

Rotary Club’s Neil Gass said they had an estimated 103 walkers this year from around 35 groups.

It included the Canonbie Guides, the Social Club Carpet Bowling, Langholm Legion FC, Langholm New Town Bowling and some folks from the flapping.

Altogether it saw approximately £11,697 raised according to figures on the day.

“Based on previous walks we’d expect that figure to rise above £12,000 once all the money is gathered – this is higher than last year which is good news,” said Neil.

“Obviously we’ll still need to add the contribution of the trusts plus any gift aid to that figure.

“After the walk operating under restrictions last year good to be back to a more normal event.”

He added they were planning on putting on a presentation night which is so far scheduled for 16 December.

Starting in 1998, the walk has been held annually, generally every year since with a few exceptions.

Those participating receive the funds they raise, in addition to the funding which is given by the local trusts involved – the Stevenson Trust, the Arthur Bell Trust, the Jock and Mary Elliot Memorial Trust, the Bowman Little Trust, and the Stoneypath Trust – doubling the sponsorship raised by each organisation.

More than £285,000 has been raised, which includes £100,000-plus donated by the trusts involved and another £14,000-plus raised by gift aid.

The Rotary Club deducts 5% of the amount raised to cover costs.

 
 
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