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Health Trust celebrates one of best ever Cross Bay Walks for hospital charity

17 July 2019

Some of the Cross Bay Walkers

Bay Hospitals Charity has thanked supporters for one of the best ever Cross Bay Walks.

An impressive 240 walkers took part in the famous eight-mile trek over the sands on Sunday, July 14, to raise funds to enhance care for patients in Barrow and across Morecambe Bay.

The new Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, was thanked for leading the charity walkers safely across the sands along with the other helpers. David and Naomi Fisher, first-aiders for the walk, were also thanked for volunteering on the day.

Walkers also brought their pets along

Judith Read, Charity Manager for Bay Hospitals Charity, said: “It has been one of the best Cross Bay Walks ever.

“We can’t thank all of our 240 walkers enough for joining us and making it such a great day. We all experienced something really special and together have made some amazing memories.

Walkers enjoying the Cross Bay Walk

“The money we raise from this annual event helps us to make a difference to the patients coming into our hospitals and the community we live in. This support helps us to bring about changes and improvements and for that we are very thankful.”

Setting off from Arnside Promenade and arriving at Kent’s Bank, the walkers enjoyed sunny weather and stunning 360-degree views of Morecambe Bay.

Phil Woodford, Associate director of corporate Affairs for UHMBT, who went on the walk, said: “I look forward to taking part in the Cross Bay Walk every year and this year I was really happy to have my family join me too, including my younger sister.

Phil Woodford on the Cross Bay Walk

“Not only is it a healthy activity, it also helps me to give something back through sponsorship and the entry fee, something that’s important to me. It was also lovely to see so many UHMBT staff joining in this year – thank you.”

Judith added: “I would like to thank our guide, Michael Wilson and wish him every success in his new role as Queen’s Guide to the Sands.

“We were all in very capable hands on the day of the walk. Michael has recently taken over from Cedric Robinson, MBE, who has led our walks for many years. On behalf of everyone at Bay Hospitals Charity, we wish to thank Cedric for all the support he has given our charity and the NHS throughout the years.”

Bay Hospitals Charity is a registered charity which raises money to improve patient care and the hospital and community experience across UHMBT. By donating to Bay Hospitals Charity, you can fund the latest equipment and help make your local hospitals more comfortable, ensuring you and your loved ones get the best possible care and treatment.

Some of the walkers at Arnside