Lincolnshire walk leaders celebrate their awards

Published: 11th October 2017

Twelve of our Lincolnshire-based walk leaders were presented with Special Recognition Awards by Lincolnshire Co-op at a special celebration event last week. 

The walk leaders were praised for their hard work helping people across the county stay fit and happy. 

There are more than 60 regular, volunteer-led health walks around Lincolnshire, which all boost people’s physical and mental health by helping them meet others, enjoy their local area and feel fitter. Walk leaders ensure health walks are friendly, safe and well run.

Walk leaders Ernie and Carol Wilkinson from Manby, near Louth, were also honoured with a Long Service Award each.

They’re celebrating 13 years of walking after setting up their first group walk back in October 2004, to help people with heart conditions stay active.

Carol said: “Myself and Ernie have both got heart problems but it’s something you have to get on with. Your life can be just as good afterwards. 

“One of the big benefits is the social aspect because we do have people that are single, they perhaps lost a husband or wife and had walked as a couple, but still want to continue walking. We‘ve had some successes where people have walked together and become partners.” 

Lincolnshire Co-op Community and Health Walks Co-ordinator Carly Pillay said: “It’s important to say thank you because the determination and dedication of the volunteers, come rain or shine, means the health walks can go ahead.  

“Each of the winners were put forward by other volunteers and the nominations just blew us away. The winners all go the extra mile, whether that’s supporting others on the walks, encouraging people to join up or doing vital work to keep them going."

Lincolnshire Co-op supports health walks in Lincoln, South Kesteven and East Lindsey.

Click here to find out how you could help others stay fit and healthy by volunteering with Walking for Health.