Harriers’ supporters step up in memory of Becky Giddins

Harriers fans once again put their walking boots on at the weekend for charity. The two previous walks had raised a staggering £60,000 and this event was just as successful. This time the group raised money for the Cancer Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The walk was in memory of local teacher Becky Giddins who sadly lost her fight with cancer last year. Both Becky’s parents are volunteers at Kidderminster Harriers.
Over 50 people signed up for the walk with the vast majority walking over two days. A large group left Aggborough at 6am on Friday and walked towards Stourport and then down the River Severn to Tewkesbury. The walkers made excellent progress in ideal conditions and even gatecrashed the BBC Hereford & Worcester studios in Worcester! After over 12 hours walking and 36 miles a very tired group reached the overnight stop at Tewkesbury with plenty of blisters!
The following morning a small hobbling group left at 7am to walk the 8 miles to take on the Gloucester City Supporters Trust fans team, However in glorious conditions Harriers trailed 2-0 at half time. As they game wore on the remainder of the walkers arrived to support the team. A spirited second half performance gave hope before a leggy Harriers fell to a respectable 6-4 defeat. After a quick change the whole group walked the remaining 3 miles to complete 48 mile walk in time for the Harriers fixture.
Upon arriving the group were met by a large group of family and friends. They were delighted to learn that they had raised over £15,000! You can still donate via the groups justgiving page or there will be a bucket collection at Good Fridays home game with Boston United.
Finally we would like to thank all those that have donated to such a worthy cause in memory of a remarkable women. We are grateful to the fantastic support crew and helpers. Plus a numbers of companies such as Hire It, CMS Vauxhall, FC Sports, Wombourne Ford Service, Severn Gas, and the Rose & Crown Pub in Severn Stoke (Pete Fryer) for their help.
Finally many thanks to the Gloucester City supporters trust for their friendship and support during the Saturday. This is what football should be about.
Dave Pountney
Co-Organiser

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