550 people step out at Pontesbury Potter raises hospice funds
More than 550 people turned out for the annual Pontesbury Potter, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Severn Hospice.
The event, which took place on Saturday, has been going for more than 26 years, and sees hundreds of people taking on the countryside course – be it running or walking with the family.
Kept secret until the day, the route for the 13-mile event was devised by Ed Morris, who has this year taken on the mantle from previous Potter stalwart Alan Morris.
Starting at the Mary Webb School and Science College the event raised £18,000 last year, and is a vital part of the Severn Hospice fundraising calendar. Hannah Gamston, events officer with Severn Hospice, said they had been delighted with the turnout on the day.
She said: “We have had more than 550 people who registered for the event. It sells out every year and it has been a lovely day.
“Obviously with the weather it has been quite muddy but people have really take it in their stride and enjoyed a bracing walk in the countryside.”
She added: “It is the first event of our season for Severn Hospice so it kicks things off every year. It is one people want to come back to year after year.”
Hannah also paid tribute to Ed Morris for his work devising the route. She said: “It is a really stunning route. It is kept secret every year until the day of the event when people are given the directions to follow.
“We have got people of all abilities and all ages, you have children taking part with their parents and guardians, it is a really nice event that people can do with their friends and family while raising money for charity.
“We would like to say a big thank you to Ed Morris for all his work designing the route for us.”
Severn Hospice needs to raise around £7 million each year, and has to raise £2 for every £3 it spends.