Get healthy for old age

1/9/2011'Michelle Law and daughter Katy, three, of Hemel Hempstead.  Michelle is to raise funds for age concern.
1/9/2011'Michelle Law and daughter Katy, three, of Hemel Hempstead. Michelle is to raise funds for age concern.

CHARITY campaigners are encouraging people to get up off the sofas and start preparing for a fundraising walk that will support services for old folk.

Age Concern Dacorum has to make up a gap in its finances due to a 20 per cent local authority funding cut and is encouraging as many people as possible to join its charity events.

Fundraising officer Michelle Law has decided to lead by example for the charity walk on Sunday, October 2 by ditching her car in favour of walks with her three-year-old daughter Katy, pictured together, left.

Michelle said that she not only wants to help the charity but she also wants to improve her fitness to be healthier in her old age.

The fundraiser has less than a month to get ready for the 10 mile walk, which sets off from Berkhamsted castle at 11am.

There will also be a shorter two-mile walk so that people of all abilities will be able to take part.

She said: “I’m incredibly unfit. I don’t do any exercise, I drive a lot and sit at a desk for most of the day so I want to use the charity walk to take my first steps to a healthy lifestyle.

“I think when you have children you become more conscious of these things because you want to run around and live a long life with them.”

Entry fee for the walk is £5 per person and all money will support local handyperson schemes, friendship clubs and carers’ support services, which help the elderly in Dacorum.

To register contact Michelle on 01442 221004/259049.