President David's charity walk for well-known Nottinghamshire activity centre raises more than £16,000

A caring pensioner has raised thousands of pounds for a well-known Nottinghamshire venue to enable it to continue running after a ‘very challenging year’.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 6:09 pm

David Huxley 78, president of the board of trustees at outdoor activity centre and campsite, Walesby Forest, raised £16,200 by walking 108 miles along the Robin Hood Way to help boost the woodland accommodation’s coffers.

“I’m absolutely blown away by the generosity of everyone who donated, £16,200 is a fantastic sum that will make a real difference to Walesby Forest,” he said.

“I first visited the site in 1951 and I remember it vividly, even after all these years, so it was great to combine the celebration with raising vital funds to ensure the centre remains open for next generation to enjoy the same fantastic experience I did.

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David Huxley crossing the finishing line at Walesby Forest

"The walk was certainly a challenge, but many people volunteered to walk with me for parts of the journey to keep me company and it was an unforgettable experience.”

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David set off from Nottingham Castle on Monday, May 17, with the route weaving through Watnall, Blidworth, Farnsfield, Eakring, Creswell Crags and many more Nottinghamshire villages and towns across an eight-day period, concluding at the Walesby Forest site on Monday, May 24.

Guy Laurie, chief executive at Walesby Forest, said: “We’re incredibly proud of David, the fantastic sum he has raised for the centre as well as completing 108 miles in just over a week, no easy feat for anyone – is truly impressive.”

It is not too late to donate to Walk for Walesby, simply visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/walkforwalesby or follow @WalesbyForest on Twitter.

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