Marking out charity route

ndet 98728  Launch of Golden Miles book  l to r Sophie Powell,Simon Groom,Gillian Scotford
ndet 98728 Launch of Golden Miles book l to r Sophie Powell,Simon Groom,Gillian Scotford

A FUNDRAISER is celebrating after the charity walk route she founded was officially waymarked by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Dronfield Mum, Gillian Scotford first completed the 35-mile Golden Miles route in 2008 to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice as a thank you for the work they do caring for her two disabled sons, Thomas, 16 and Sam, 13.

Since then she has released a book documenting the route, raised thousands for the charity and, thanks to a £1,300 grant from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, the walk is now signposted.

At an official launch party for the waymarked walk, Gillian, said: “Today is so important, it is such a special day and it feels like the end of a long journey. But I think it’s really only the beginning of Golden Miles.

“It’s hopefully going to be around when we are all long gone. Hopefully it will be a part of history.”

Sarah Champion, chief executive a Bluebell wood, added: “The launch of the waymarked route is fantastic because it is in aid of Bluebell Wood, which helps children across Derbyshire, and because it has been set up by a local woman.”

Jenny Waller, area team manager for the Peak District National Park Authority was also at the launch. She said: “It’s not just the route markers that are great, it is the fact that it gives a lot of people the opportunity to walk a route which is easy, and the book lists places people can go if they are less able. It is the combination of a walk to raise money for a really good cause and enabling people who are less able to have the chance to get outdoors and enjoy the countryside.”

The launch party, was held on Friday, April 27 at Thornbridge Hall.

For more information on Golden Miles, visit www.goldenmiles.co.uk/