Charity walk raises £3,600 for Louth charity in memory of local girl

OVER 60 people took part in a big sponsored walk for the Rej’s Dream charity on Sunday, raising £3,600.

They set off from the Woolpack pub and walked about eight miles, returning to the pub for a carvery meal.

The Woolpack gave £1 from each meal sold to the charity, which helps families of children who have to travel to hospital for treatment.

It was set up in memory of Rhianna Jeffrey, who died aged 13 in 2010.

Two of those taking part in the walk were Elesha Craig and Laura Hoodless. They had raised £150 in sponsorship money but were devastated when burglars broke into Revells Hair Design in Eastgate, where they work, and stole the cash.

They appealed in the Leader for people to support the charity and were overwhelmed with the response – the public and customers gave them £1,060.

After seeing the article Louth Conservative Club gave a generous donation of £500 to Rej’s Dream.

It was handed over by president Wally Webster from his annual President’s Charity Fund and received by secretary of Rej’s Dream Beryl Jeffrey and treasurer Jennifer Smith.

Beryl Jeffrey, Rhianna’s grandma, said: “We were overwhelmed. It was a wonderful day. It was so well organised, everybody enjoyed it.

“It was lovely, there were people with pushchairs and girls dressed up in tutus.

“There were people ranging from six years old up to 60. There was a chap in a motorised wheelchair and a young woman walked it with a child strapped to her back.

“The two girls at Revells were so pleased with the response.

“Rhianna’s brother John did it and I said if he is first home I’ll make him a chocolate cake - and he was first home in one hour and five minutes!

“The Woolpack were wonderful. They had a bouncy castle for the children and gave £1 from every carvery to Rej’s Dream. Brackenborough Post Office donated the water.

“We thank everybody who walked and sponsored. We can now give some support to a lot more families.”