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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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Guide Dogs Lake to Lake Challenge

THE Guide Dogs for the Blind association launched its new and exciting fundraising challenge event today – the Lake to Lake Challenge. The event will take place in the Lake District on Saturday 15 May; the charity is appealing for walking, cycling and running enthusiasts to take part and help raise vital funds for local blind and partially sighted people.

This is the perfect challenge event for everyone to take part in. Whether you are young or old, a fitness addict or beginner, the Lake to Lake Challenge will suit almost everyone (little legs may struggle!).

A fantastic 15 mile route has been mapped out starting at the edge of Lake Windermere and finishing at the edge of Coniston Water, with lots of beautiful scenery in between. If this isn’t enough for you, then official Grizedale Forest maps are available on request to anyone that may wish to add to the difficulty rating and distance of this challenge. Additional routes vary from 5 miles to 10.5 miles and are clearly colour coded and marked. Be prepared though, as there is no such thing as a flat route in the Lake District – hills are inevitable!

Event organiser Phillippa Mitton said:- “I am not an avid cyclist and despite being a real challenge in places, the scenery was so breath taking at the top of Grizedale that it made it all worth it!

As a keen cyclist this route certainly didn’t disappoint. The decent in to Coniston was great fun and the views were amazing. Just don’t forget to stop and take it all in every not and then!” 

There is a registration fee of £5 and we are asking each participant to raise a minimum of £35.00. It costs £10 a day to support a working Guide Dog partnership and the service is free to clients. As a charity, Guide Dogs receives no statutory or government funding and is totally dependant on voluntary donations to fund all of its work.

For further information and a registration form, please call 0151 428 9869 or email:-

Local Southport Winner Donates Car...

GENEROUS Liam Jackson plans to give the new car he has won from a packet of Walkers crisps, worth £15,000, to his Mum and Dad after picking up the prize from football manager Bobby Robson.

Liam was at a friend’s house when he discovered he had won a Ford Focus. “I took a packet of Cheese and Onion crisps my mum had bought in case I got hungry. I opened and was amazed. I don’t know anyone who has ever won anything. You feel it is never going to happen to you."

Walkers Brand Manager, Samantha Green, says:- "We are delighted that Liam has won and we hope that he eventually gets to drive his new car. There are still over 100 chances for people to bag a car with Walkers crisps!"

Liam - who cannot drive, and a pal traveled to Newcastle where he was presented with his new set of wheels worth £15,000 from Newcastle Manager Sir Bobby Robson and plans to rest the car with his parents for the time being. “It’s a big thank you for looking after me“, said the 20 year old from Southport, Merseyside. “I’ll let them keep it until I have passed my test,” he joked.


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