HUNDREDS of disappointed fund raisers were turned away from the Knowle and Dorridge Lions’ popular festive walk this year following a succession of torrential downpours over the Christmas period.
The event, which has been raising cash for local charities for the past 20 years, attracted record numbers last year but organisers were forced to turn many ramblers away from the Baddesley Clinton site on Sunday after a car park became submerged in water.
“Despite the first rain-free day in weeks, the overflow car park we use was totally unsuitable for cars and as soon as the main car park was full, we unfortunately had to start turning people away,” said Dave Carter, president of Knowle and Dorridge Lions
“This was extremely disappointing for all those involved and we would like to apologise to all those affected. Last year we attracted 1,700 walkers and I think we would have had a similar number this year.”
Despite this, 1,000 walkers braved the elements to complete the 1.5, 5.5 or eight mile long walks raising money for Age UK Solihull, Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal and St Basil’s for the homeless.
Lions organiser Ute Smith added: “It has never happened before in 20 years but this was probably the wettest weather we have ever encountered. Once again people were extremely generous with the Lions raising over £5,000 on the day.”