Trekkers are reaching the stars

DEDICATED star trekkers have already raised an astronomical �40,000 following a chilly night tramping across Exmoor for the annual charity Startrek challenge. This year the fund raising night time walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Ilfracombe, was stag

DEDICATED star trekkers have already raised an astronomical �40,000 following a chilly night tramping across Exmoor for the annual charity Startrek challenge.This year the fund raising night time walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Ilfracombe, was staged at Wheddon Cross on the Somerset side of the North Devon border, a few miles from Exford.Some 90 teams, each with four to six walkers, set off on a figure of eight 18-mile course, which they negotiated in the dark by using map reading skills and finding answers to clues.Despite the 'credit crunch' all walkers collected sponsorship and the total on the night stood at an impressive �40,000 with more contributions expected plus the addition of Gift Aid.The bulk of the money is divided between the region's two hospices, with the rest to other nominated charities.Hundreds of people descended on the moor, with marshals and checkpoint staff heading off to assist walkers and numerous helpers setting up base camp in Wheddon Cross village centre.Ilfracombe Rotary Club expressed thanks to the people of Wheddon Cross for their help and forbearance with the event, as well as St John Ambulance, NHS paramedics, Dr Martin Mather, Raynet - which keeps everyone in radio contact - and of course all the Rotarians, their families and helpers.Now, with the mud barely dry on trekkers' walking boots, organisers are already beginning to discuss Startrek 2010!


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