SUNDAY the 25th of July saw The East Lancashire Masonic Charity hold its first fund raising event since lockdown – a sponsored walk through the area surrounding the Charity’s HQ at Hewlett Court Sheltered Accommodation in Holcombe Brook, Bury.


Despite a poor weather forecast at the beginning of the week, over 60 participants consisting of Masons, their friends and families took part on what turned into a glorious day.


The main walk, a 13-mile route, The Holcombe Hike, took the walkers from the base of the Holcombe Brook and up Holcombe Hill to the Peel Tower monument. From there they descended towards Ramsbottom and Nuttall Park, followed the Irwell Valley through Burrs Country Park and returned to Holcombe Brook via the Kirklees Trail.


An alternative 6 mile walk, The Summerseat Stride – designed for families with slightly younger children – was also offered, joining the walkers for the latter half of their walk.


The event ended where it began, back at Hewlett Court for medals, certificates, goodie bags and a celebratory beer and barbeque.


It is anticipated that an impressive sum will be raised by sponsorship and entry fees, with a further £2,200 raised in donations by event organiser Steve Thomson when he concluded the day by having his lockdown beard and long hair shaved.


Steve, who chairs the charity’s fund-raising committee said that “The East Lancashire Masonic Charity has continued to provide support for its beneficiaries and those charities working hard in our local communities during lockdown. It’s been a taxing year for everyone but it’s great to be able to hold events like this again, for the social aspects as much as the fundraising”.


Thanks were extended to everyone who took part and volunteered to help on the day.