Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney MP, successfully completed his ‘Beating the Bounds’ charity walk around the boundary of his City of Lincoln Constituency in one day.
He was joined by a team of over 40 people supporting five local, Lincoln based causes:
- St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice
- Cooke/Connell – The Lincoln Tank Memorial
- Motor Neurone Disease Association
- One Me; and
- YMCA Lincoln
Karl and the team set off from the Horse and Jockey Pub in Waddington at 05.15 on Saturday morning and completed the gruelling 30+ mile walk at 19.00 Saturday evening after 14 hours. The walk involved river crossings assisted by the Lincoln Sea Cadets and stops along the way to raise awareness of the five causes. Supported by LIVES and a support team made up of local Councillors and activists, the camaraderie on the day was wonderful as walkers encouraged each other along the way.
Karl McCartney MP said: “I am grateful for the support I have received for this event from my fellow walkers, the support staff and corporately through sponsorship as well as all those individuals who kindly donated and sponsored the walkers too. All of the five charities who took part in the day received great support from my constituents which is some recognition and testimony to all of the hard work they do in Lincoln and Lincolnshire. We raised well over £8000 in total for the five charities, an absolutely fantastic amount which dwarfs our original target of £2500. Everyone can be very proud of their efforts, especially the number of walkers, including Sara-Jane Mills CEO of St Barnabas Hospice, Rebecca May and Joe Hicks from YMCA, Rob Jones from Bishop Grosseteste University, Yaroslov Pustarnokov from the University of Lincoln, Paul Edwick from Fairy Glam Ltd. and Mrs. McCartney, walking for MNDA, who along with me completed the entire route.
It was a tough walk and all charity walks end with a hill. The final assent up Station Road in Waddington tested all of our resolve. It was a fantastic feeling when we finally completed our challenge and we were very grateful for the warm hospitably we received from The Horse and Jockey in Waddington. I hope I will have the opportunity to repeat this challenge and support other local causes next year, and every year!”