Charities hope for Festive Fundraising Bonanza
10th November 2014
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On Sunday 28th December Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be inviting everyone to join in their 22nd annual Lions Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton NT House. This year’s walk will raise funds for Arthritis Research UK, Knowle Football Club, Solihull Young Carers as well as a variety of other local causes.

 “It means so much to us that the Lions have chosen Arthritis Research UK as one of the beneficiaries of their fundraising this year”, said Emma Macdonald, Regional Fundraising Manager. “We hope that families will add their Festive Walk to their Christmas calendar and join us for a great day out and fundraising opportunity.”

 “Last year we had a record 1400 walkers step out in ideal walking conditions to burn off the Christmas calories,” said Lions organizer Ute Smith. “This year we are hoping to attract even more and set a new record by raising £10,000 for these very worthy causes.

 “As usual there will be no charge to take part, so add it on your Festive calendar, tell your friends and relatives and bring a car full,” says Ute.

 There will be the usual choice of 3 new sign-posted circular routes - 3, 7 and 9 miles, all passing through wonderful Warwickshire countryside using country lanes, public footpaths and canal towpaths with a pub along the way. All ages are welcome especially if you get your efforts sponsored, but if arranging and collecting sponsorship will be a hassle you might prefer to walk and just make a donation.

 Once again this year the National Trust will open Baddesley Clinton and are offering our Festive Walkers free entry to both House and Gardens when they finish their Festive Walks. Afterwards all walkers are invited to join the Lions for hot mince pies and mulled wine

 For more details and to download a free registration form visit or telephone 08458 33 58 94.

 Photo attached:

 ‘Fundraisers visit Baddesley Clinton House to get in the Festive spirit’

 Tracy Lake – Chairwoman, Knowle Football Club

Barry Noy - Solihull Young Carers Events and Activities Co-ordinator

Father Christmas – Lion President Barry Dale

Festive Walk organiser - Lion Ute Smith


Pam Hill & Dean Chandler – Front of house National Trust Baddesley Clinton


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