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Coast is clear for a charity walk; Sunny day warms path for fundraisers.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES @lorna_hughes

THOUSANDS of fundraisers walked 15 miles along the coast of Wirral to raise money for charity.

Around 3,500 people took part in the 27th annual Wirral Coastal Walk yesterday, which is estimated to have raised PS350,000.

Despite warm and sunny conditions, the number of registered walkers was slightly down on last year.

Organisers told the ECHO they were delighted with the turnout at a difficult time for charity giving.

The route remained unchanged this year, starting at Seacombe and taking in New Brighton, Hoylake, West Kirby and Caldy before finishing at Thurstaston Country Park.

Graham Gladden from North Wirral Rotary Club said: "The whole day had a really festive feeling because of the weather.

"Times are hard because of the tough economic climate, but it's good to see that so many people will still come out to do things for others.

"At the finishing line the atmosphere was like a party - with blisters!" Some walkers donned fancy dress for the event, including Connor Murphy, from West Kirby. The 17-year-old dressed as the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street to draw attention to his fundraising for the Roy Castle Foundation.

Church wardens and choir members from St James Church in New Brighton walked to raise money for the restoration of the church spire.

After starting the walk the group stopped for Sunday morning service at the church before continuing to Thurstaston.

Church warden John Codlin said: "The appeal is called inSpire - but today it was perspire!"

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 20, 2013
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