Category: Fund Raising

Successful Charity Walk for Alzheimer’s Society

Ian Hardcastle and Tamzin Lafford successfully completed the 13-mile trek to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on 22nd July – a day when the weather was mild and only slightly damp, which was a blessing considering the forecast of heavy rain!  The event was well organised, well provisioned and there was a really good-natured atmosphere.  The few hundred walkers taking part had, by the start of the event, raised over £290 000 towards the target of £300 000.  Many thanks to all you generous souls who have contributed – you are precious.  If anyone else would like to help the Alzheimer’s Society reach their goal and help more people, Ian’s JustGiving page is here and Tamzin’s is here.  They are open until mid-October.  Thank you so much!

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Walking to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers Society.

Hello Fellow Members
Tamzin Lafford and Ian Hardcastle are doing a 13mile trek in the North York Moors to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on 22nd July, and they asked if we could let you all know.  Please support them in supporting this valuable work! 

and Tamzin’s is here:  

Many thanks in advance for your generous donations.
AFWC Secretary
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Everest Base Camp Challenge – An evening with Lesley Renteurs!


Lesley has agreed to present a slideshow of her trek to Everest Base Camp in November 2013, which was to raise funds for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The evening, Wednesday 30th April 2014 at the Ineos Sports & Social Club Pavilion, will comprise a slideshow, quiz, pie & pea supper plus a full supporting programme. Bar open! Further details by clicking on the title above.

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AFWC Awarded a grant from the County Durham Community Foundation

The Club has been successful in gaining a further grant to help support our walking activity.

The award, received from the County Durham Community Foundation, was made following concentrated effort put in at the application stage by stalwart club walker and valued committee member – Sheila Pinkney!

The £500 grant is to help offset the cost of providing coach travel for our walkers over the next twelve months – and is very well received and appreciated by all club members! Well done again, Sheila!

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AFWC fail in their bid for a grant from the GAMP fund.

On Saturday 23rd November the club set up a stand at the Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership event Your Money, Your Area, Your Views. where local people were invited to vote on the local community projects they thought worthy of a grant. An allocation of £27,000 was available, to be shared between those projects that received most votes.

A total of 31 projects were exhibited, including Aycliffe Fell Walking Club, our stand being ‘manned’ by Sheila and Maria. Some 900 local people visited the event, which was held at the Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre between 11 am and 3 pm. In all, twelve projects received money from the scheme. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in winning a grant.

However, we had lots of visits from people interested in walking, who until today were not aware of our walking club! Despite being unsuccessful in obtaining a grant all in attendance viewed the time as being well spent, and we can look forward to seeing some more new faces joining our walks in 2014.

Many thanks to all who attended the event to cast their vote, their attendance was greatly appreciated.

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Fund raising event for Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team

Fancy raising money to help one of our regions mountain rescue teams and having a spiffing good walk into the process.

The Three Rivers Challenge is being held on Saturday September 21 in Teesdale. The walk is a 21 km / 13 mile linear walk starting at the Wynch Bridge near Bowlees and Finishing at Barnard Castle, taking in along the way some spectacular scenery as it passes the rivers Balder, Lune and Tees. The distance is long enough to be a challenge but not that long where you need to embark on specific training and so is suitable for most abilities.

The entry fee is £15 which includes coach transport from Barnard Castle to the start of the walk and a £5 donation to Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team. The event promises to be quite popular and so early entry is recommended. See the event website at

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Wainwright Pennine Charity Walk 28 September 2013

for children with down syndrome
[Registered Charity No. 1115300]


We are looking for experienced walkers to undertake a very special fundraising journey on 28 September 2013.

On the 25th September 1938 Alfred Wainwright, the well-known Lakeland Fells writer, set out on his 247 miles long Pennine Journey.
To celebrate the completion of the waymarking of the route it is intended that the complete route be walked in a day. To this end a number of Charities have been invited to participate in this historic event and ECCDS has been allocated two sections of the route [10 walkers for each section]. See this link for full information:


To be considered for a guaranteed place you will need to apply early:
[It is anticipated that requests for places will be vastly oversubscribed]
Please contact:
Sandy King
Tel: 01325-329939

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Volunteers Needed for Community Fair!

A Community Fair is being held at Aycliffe Leisure Centre on Saturday 14th May 2011.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Newton Aycliffe, will provide an ideal opportunity for local clubs & associations to promote themselves and “reach out” to the local community!

Aycliffe Fell Walking Club have booked a stand at the event with the intention of displaying photographs of past walks etc., plus newsworthy articles associated with the club’s long history!

Help is needed in the preparation of display materials, including the creation and production of promotional flyers that can be distributed on the day, and also in the manning of the exhibition stand, for an hour or two, during the day-long event!

If you can help in any way, whether in providing photos, producing materials or manning the stand, please let Barry Wilkinson know at the earliest opportunity!

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