More than 250 people took part in a charity lantern walk along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Thornbridge Hall on Thursday night 28th November.
The two-and-a-half-mile walk was organised to raise money for local charities Helen’s Trust and Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport.
Heidi Hawkins, Helen’s Trust Chief Executive, said: “The evening was an amazing success! The walk itself was absolutely fantastic and it was such a lovely clear night.”
“It was also so encouraging to see so many people supporting a local charity.”
The walkers started off from the Agricultural Business Centre and were led by Bakewell’s Mayor, Paul Morgans, Bakewell Bear, the Helen’s Trust mascot and Helen’s Trust founder and chair, Dr Louise Jordan.
Mr Morgans said: “Helen’s Trust is a fantastic charity, it’s really admirable the work that they do helping terminally ill people remain in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
“The charity is actually based in Bakewell and it’s the only office they have so I’ve got a bit of affection for them really.”
Eleven Brownies from second Bakewell Methodist Brownies also took part in the walk.
Cassandra Hodgkinson, group leader, said: “The Brownies really enjoyed it, they moaned a bit on the way to start off with but then towards the end they really got into it. I think it’s worked really well.”
Once the walkers reached Thornbridge Hall, entertainment was provided by the Babbling Vagabonds, a local theatre company, dancers from the Peak Performance Theatre School and 14 year old harpist, Laura Rose Gee.
Both charities would like to thank Jim and Emma Harrison for the use of the Carriage House at Thornbridge Hall.
Return transport to Bakewell Showground was provided for walkers by BECT.
Proceeds from the event will be divided between Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport and Helen’s Trust.
Photographs from the event (taken by Helen Mellor) are available to view www.facebook.com/helenstrust.
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