A Wicked Welly Walk to remember on the Heysham to M6 Link Road

Over 2,900 people took part in the Wicked Welly Walk on Sunday 1 November, a 4km walk along the route of Lancashire County Council’s new Heysham to M6 Link Road raising money for St John’s Hospice and Principal Contractor for the scheme, Costain 150 charities.

It was a Halloween themed event for the whole family, including the dog, and walkers were able to learn about the progress of the new road as they went along.

The first wave of wellies departed at 11am from Lancaster and Morecambe College and followed the route past Torrisholme and the Crematorium, to the A6 near Beaumont and finishing at Costain’s site offices at Halton. A hot drink and a muffin awaited everyone at the end, served and supplied free of charge by 315 Health Club and Co-operative Food respectively.

Along the route there were plenty of spooky surprises and trick or treat sweets for the children (and the grown up children!). There was a flying witch, a giant moving spider and web in one of the large diggers, a floating construction worker and some spooky characters courtesy of After Dark Murder Mystery Events. Even Scooby do made an appearance in the Mystery Machine from Heysham Limos.

Earthmovers for the project, Walters displayed their fleet of machines along the route, offering people the chance to climb into the drivers cab’s and see close up the machines used to transport large quantities of material.

Concrete and surfacing supplier Tarmac, are another major partner for the scheme. They too exhibited large items of plant such as concrete and stone wagons. They also demonstrated how layers of the road are made up using samples of material.

This is the second event that the hospice and Costain have teamed up on after an incredibly successful Welly Walk in April. Head of Fundraising at St John’s Hospice, Catherine Butterworth, said, “This has been another amazing event working in partnership with Costain which shows not only how the community are supporting this road, but also their constant commitment to support their local hospice. A big thanks to all our walkers, marshals, volunteers and businesses who have allowed us to raise over £20,000 for the hospice and the Costain 150 charities.”

The event couldn't have gone ahead without the army of volunteers from both the project staff working on the Link Road and St John’s Hospice, with the added support of Walters, Tarmac, FlanneryChevron Traffic ManagementLancaster Volkswagen, Nixon Hire, Speedy Hire, The Army’s 381 (Lancaster) Supply Squadron, Lancaster and Morecambe College  and Lancashire County Council.

Costain’s Community Relations Officer, Tom Horton said “It was great to see everyone embrace the event. There was a Glastonbury-like atmosphere created by the thick mud and fancy dress outfits, if anything the mud at the start of the walk was the missing part for some people’s costumes! I’d like to thank the hospice staff and the Heysham to M6 Link project team for their hard work and commitment.  We’re also very grateful to the organisations that provided much needed provisions for the event. Hopefully this is not the last event we host before the road opens next year. For now, we will get back to building the new road.”

St. John’s Hospice North Lancashire and South Lakes is a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England with charity number 1157030.