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Kings Arms walkers raise over £5k

Saturday 7th December 2013

A group of 11 regulars at the King's Arms have walked part of the North Cornwall coastal path and the Camel Trail to raise £5,175 for charity. To say thank you for their fundraising efforts, they were invited to a tour of St Austell Brewery.

Most of the walkers completed different parts of the 70-mile walk from Welcombe Mouth to Lostwithiel but Kevin Simpson walked the whole route in six days. Publicans Mick and Kath Townsend were among those who joined him for the first four days of the walk, which proved to be the toughest stretch.

This is the third year the pub has been involved in a charity walk, with most of the money being donated to the Children's Hospice South West via the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust.

In 2011 Mr Simpson walked from Land's End back to the King's Arms via the South West Coast Path, raising £2,366 in sponsorship. The following year he did it again, but this time chose to follow the coast path in north Cornwall and raised £4,821.

This year he walked back to the pub from Welcombe Mouth along the coast path and the Camel Trail with the Townsends and King's Arms customers joining him in relays.

The money will be divided between the Children's Hospice South West (£4,226), Macmillan Nurses (£485) and the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust (£500). 

Details and photos courtesy of the Cornish Guardian.