WAITING at the starting line at this year’s Coventry Walkathon will be a familiar feeling for William Craner who is taking part for the 11th time.
The 25-year-old, who works part time in Coventry Transport Museum, has helped raise hundreds of pounds for Scope 4 Coventry and Warwickshire, which supports people with cerebral palsy.
The Coventry Walkathon, which is run by the Leofric Lions group, allows participants to raise money for any charity of their choice and Scope puts in a team every year.
William, who uses a wheelchair as he has cerebral palsy, is hoping to encourage more people to take part in this year’s event in War Memorial Park on May 10.
Unlike previous walkathons this time it will involve laps around the park rather than a set distance.
He said: “This will be my 11th walkathon. I like to do it to help my charity and help raise money to help disabled people. I enjoy taking part very much. I always go the whole distance of the walk and this year I’m hoping to do a lot of laps.
“I’ve been involved with Scope since I was a child. They have helped me very much. They have helped me with my independence.”
Tony Connor, chairman of Scope 4 Coventry and Warwickshire, said he was proud of William’s efforts over the years for the charity, which has raised about £15,000 from the event.
“William always loves to take part in the walkathon and his mother and father are also very active for the group,” he said.
“We’d love more people to get involved and join the team on the day.”
This year’s walkathon is being supported by Diabetes UK and organisers are asking anyone who does not have a chosen charity to donate any sponsorship to Diabetes UK.
The day will include a fancy dress competition, with the chance to win £1,000 for your chosen charity.
To get involved visit www.leofriclions.org.uk or contact Reg Brown on 07766 667349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry forms are available from the Coventry Telegraph offices; Godiva Carpets, Arches Industrial Estate, Spon End; Skydome, and C & J System Printers, Winifred Avenue, Earlsdon, Coventry.
Coventry Telegraph, 14th March 2009