Fundraisers in Ovington celebrated the 10th anniversary of their annual charity walk in glorious sunshine on Saturday (7 July).

As always, the event raised money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and this year Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie, was proud to officially start the 16 mile walk from Ovington to Newburn and back.

Before this year’s event, the fundraisers had already raised an incredible £16,200 for the Foundation, which finds more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The charity celebrated its own 10th anniversary this year and event organiser Ann Cowperthwaite, from Ovington, is understandably proud that the group has supported the Foundation every year.

Ann says: “This fundraising event began because of Sir Bobby Robson and our respect for him.

“Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had friends and family who have suffered from the consequences of cancer, so it’s really grown in meaning for us all.

“Supporting a charity that does so much for local people affected by this terrible disease is very important to us and we’re proud to be doing something to help.”

The walk is regularly sponsored by Thompsons of Prudhoe and has become a popular fixture in the local calendar. This year, 40 walkers undertook the challenge, which ends with a celebration at Ovington Club. A celebration made all the sweeter thanks to England’s win in the World Cup Quarter Finals against Sweden.

Lady Elsie says: “It’s marvellous that this fundraising event has supported our Foundation since our launch 10 years ago.

“They’ve raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we’re grateful to everyone involved. And I’m glad that the sunshine made it a perfect day for walking!”

Sir Bobby Robson launched his Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £12 million to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Working within the NHS, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation does not employ professional fundraisers to proactively raise money and relies completely on third party, volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

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