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Boston health walkers celebrate their 10th year of walking

Over 100 members from Boston Health Walks came together to celebrate the beginning of their 10th year of walking and to celebrate the launch of them becoming a community walking group.

The celebration began with a walk starting in Central Park, up onto Witham Bank along the river and into Witham Way Country Park then returned to The Conservative Club for a gathering with refreshments of cream tea and cake.

At the gathering Boston Borough Council's walks co-ordinator, Frances Taylor spoke of the success of the walking groups and thanked all the walk leaders for their commitment they give to the programme in particular Margaret and Norman Gray. Both who have faced medical problems themselves and despite undergoing treatment still continued to run their walking group.

Frances said: "Margaret and Norman have both had to face some tough medical issues and are a credit to all for the way they still continued to attend the walks. It gave me great pleasure to award them with an Outstanding Walk Leaders award which is so well deserved.

"Our walks are for all abilities, open to everyone and are pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

"All that attend receive a warm welcome to the walks which are run by fantastic volunteer walk leaders. The walking groups have become an important part of member's lives. Members have reported vast improvements to their health and wellbeing socially, mentally and physically.

"By coming to walk on a regular basis allows all to make new friends whilst taking exercise. This has led to members spending other times together such as going shopping, meals out, theatre trips and joining in with other activities including new age kurling or table tennis."

Boston has 12-weekly walks which are inclusive to all that run Monday to Friday from certain venues and times around the Borough of Boston.

The programme has previously been funded but from April this year this particular funding will cease. Determined that Boston health walks would continue a committee was set up and Boston Community Health Walks was launched and grants applied for. Boston Big Local Community Chest awarded the group £1000 and another £500 was also awarded from Mencap.

Frances continued to say these awards will set the group off to a good start and we are very thankful to the funders. We will continue to apply for funding and fundraise ourselves to ensure this vital programme is sustained.

Rachel Lauberts, plan coordinator for Boston Big Local said: "The Community Chest Panel were delighted to fund the newly formed Boston Community Health Walks, the group should be applauded for their dedication and determination to retain this much needed programme."   

If anyone who like more details on the walking programme or would like to sponsor Boston Community Health Walks please contact Frances Taylor on 01205 354320.

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Richard Tory Chairman of Boston Big Local presenting the cheque for £1000 to the group leaders, from left, Helen Welbourn Cook, Rosemary Saunders, Margaret Kenny, Richard Tory, Fran Taylor, Karen Bridges, Barbara Jackson and Lyn Pearson.

Frances Taylor presenting the Outstanding Walks Leaders award to Norman and Margaret Gray.