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Moonraker Challenge raises £ 16,000 for local charities


LOCAL charities are expected to collect a share of £ 16,000 through a sponsored night walk.

Money raised through the Moonraker Challenge 2021 means that organizers of the Taunton Vale Rotary Club have now raised over £ 325,000 in the 34 years the annual event has been held.

In early October, around 250 walkers made their way in the dark on seven or 16 miles of trails and paths near Bishops Lydeard.

Money raised will go to Young Somerset, Green Days Daycare and other Rotary charities.

The main objectives of the Moonraker Challenge are to raise funds and allow people to have fun under different and difficult circumstances.

The winners were announced at a celebratory dinner attended by over 100 people at the Oake Manor Golf Club on Monday of last week (November 22).

The long distance winners were “In it to win it”, with the short course distinction won by “Dark Horses”.

In terms of team sponsorship raised, in second place was ‘Marching Maidens’ at £ 1,303, the winners being ‘Stepladder-Somerset’s Men’s Mental Health Project’, which raised £ 1,616.

As of mid-November, the team’s total sponsorship stood at £ 14,336, with late donations and Gift Aid expected to swell the coffers considerably.

Nick Harwood described the role of Young Somerset to guests at the celebratory dinner.

He said more people are being recruited as they expand the work they do to improve mental health support in Somerset.

Green Days Day Care provides personal care for adults with learning disabilities and Marc and Kirri of Green Days said their goal is to give adults with learning disabilities the best chance to succeed and feel happy in their life. their life.

Philip Greenway, president of the Taunton Vale Rotary Club, thanked the event sponsors, Porter Dodson, Collard and Co, Summerfield, Nexus, Quantock Brewery and Berrys Coaches.

The Moonraker Challenge will be held again in October next year, with a date to be determined.

Visit the Taunton Vale Rotary website for more details and updated information at tauntonvalerotary.org.uk/moonraker-challenge