Sponsored walkers step out to help good causes

Katrina Beardworth (far right) with other sponsored walkers across from the Pleasure Beach.
Katrina Beardworth (far right) with other sponsored walkers across from the Pleasure Beach.

Fund-raisers from Fleetwood put their best feet forward and raised cash with a sponsored promenade walk.

Animal lover Katrina Beardsworth, her support worker Pat Gerrard and a group of colleagues friends walked from the Pleasure Beach to Bispham.

Katrina, who has learning difficulties, raised £150 for Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, a year after she presented £311 to the St Annes facility following a sponsored swim.

Pat, who was also accompanied by her niece, Charlene Openshaw, raised £250 for the armed forces charity, Help For Heroes. Other walkers were supporting cancer causes.

The walk spanned five miles in total, and was made a little more challenging as some of the walkers were pushing friends in 
wheelchairs.

Katrina, 39, who lives in 
independent living accommodation on Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, said: “It wasn’t too hard. I’m pleased I’ve finished it and raised the money.”

She now plans to present the money to Easterleigh, which looks after cats, dogs, horses and other animals, but needs to cover the major costs of food and vet bills.

Pat said: “We all did the walk to support Katrina, 
because she really loves animals and wanted to help the sanctuary.

“At the same time, we all had a nice day out and managed to raise money for these other charities.”

Easterleigh owner 
Mandy Leigh says it costs £5,000 a week to run the sanctuary, which was badly damaged by arsonists two years ago. She said: “We are always really grateful to all the people who help us. Without their kindness and generosity we would not be able to afford to run the sanctuary.

“Katrina has been a very kind supporter of our work and we’re really grateful to her for helping us again.”