Over £450 raised at canal walk in memory of our Founder, David Lyne

May 2022 · 3 min read

Making Space’s 40th anniversary celebrations continued on Wednesday 18 May with a canal walk in Cheshire. We also wanted to use the walk to commemorate our founder, David Lyne, and celebrate his achievements.

David established our charity in 1982 and was driven by a determination to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions and their carers. David is sadly no longer with us but his legacy has meant thousands of people have been supported and helped to live happy and full lives over the last 40 years.

We were grateful to receive the blessing of David’s family to hold the walk in his memory.

Staff and people we support from services in Cheshire, St Helens, Warrington and Bradford joined the 50 strong Making Space canal walk team.

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The circular walk started and finished with wonderful views of the Anderton Boat lift in Northwich. We were lucky enough to enjoy bright sunshine throughout the 4k route, which took in beautiful canal side views, woodland paths and even a few steep sections that ensured everyone fully deserved a cold drink and sugary snack boost at the finish line café.

Bob Towers, Fundraising Manager was thrilled with the turnout: ‘We would like to thank everyone that joined us. It was a pleasure to see so many people taking part in the walk and I would like to draw particular attention to those people with mobility limitations that really dug in to complete the route. It was a real achievement.’

Well done to Ian, Steve and Michelle from Greengate House in St Helens, who raised over £200 in sponsorship funds and the team from Warrington Day Service who raised over £50 for taking part in the walk. In total, donations for the canal walk totalled £467.50!

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Thank you to everyone who took part.

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