The project to help secure the future of Wellington Monument has taken a step forward after 41 people took part in the first Monumental Trek in aid of the Monument appeal.
Emma Jones, National Trust community fundraising and engagement officer for Wellington Monument said: ‘We would like to thank the local community who took up the challenge to walk either 10k or 21k for the appeal as well as those who supported our walkers both in their generous sponsorship and coming out on the day in support of them.’
The walking challenge was supported by the Adventure Café who devised the route as well as ensured participant safety across the day.
Rebecca Pow, who participated in the 10k said, ‘What a superb fundraising event. Not only has it brought the community together and kept us all fit, it has raised lots of money for this really great project. Every single penny now counts as we get nearer and nearer the 3.8 million. We are at 2.8 million now.’
Gary James, the Mayor of Wellington, came in first on the 10k.
Finn Shepherd, who participated in the Trek said, ‘I had such a fantastic time. Everyone was so friendly and the guys who led it were awesome. I loved the handmade wooden medal we received at the end. I will definitely do it next year.’
Emma concluded, ‘I want to thank Wellington, Hemyock and Wellington Without Parish Councils, the AONB, Hirebase for the loan of a generator and all the volunteers, especially John Greenshields, that helped make the day run so smoothly. I can’t wait for next year’s event.’
The routes took in some of the stunning scenery and countryside across the Blackdown Hill’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.