The free group was handed the money by Torridge District Councillors.

A VOLUNTEER group which offers free walks to all ages and abilities has been awarded £750 from three district councillors.

The Torridge Walk and Talk group was given the funding by Councillors Roger Johnson, Margaret Brown and Steve Clarke’s community grant funds.

“This group is not only great for physical health but mental health as well,” said walk leader Elizabeth Fowler.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and I go home with a big smile.”

Pam Webster, walk leader and chairman, said the group was incredibly grateful for the support.

“It has enabled us to publicise the group and get our programmes out there, as well as train walkers to become walk leaders,” she said.

Cllr Margaret Brown said: “As I have a mobility problem myself, I understand that there is a need for groups like this and I hope it continues to get support.”

The group’s walks take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

All walks offer people the opportunity to get some fresh air whilst having a chat.

Cllr Roger Johnson said: “It’s wonderful that these walks combine socialising with keeping active and that people find real companionship and friendship from this group.”