A WALKING group from Audlem is helping raise money for charity, by virtually walking the Sandstone Trail.

Audlem Rambling Society (ARS), along with Nantwich Lions, are raising money for the Wingate Centre, a charity that specialises in helping children with disabilities.

The walking groups had planned on doing the walk for real, but with COVID-19 related impracticalities it was decided to do the walk virtually instead.

Instead, group members will be walking 34 miles over the course of a week, beginning on Saturday, May 30.

A spokesman for ARS explained the decision.

They said: "ARS planned to support the Nantwich Lions charity fundraising walk on the 34-mile Sandstone Trail over three days, May 29 to 31, to raise money for the Wingate Centre at Wrenbury.

"Since lockdown, it is not practicable to walk as a group and arrange transport on a linear walk such as the Sandstone Trail.

"So some ARS members are taking up the challenge to walk 34 miles locally in week commencing May 30, to seek sponsorship if they wish, and to donate to the charity.

"A number of those who planned to do the original walk are taking up the challenge and are hoping more will join them, metaphorically of course.

Over a week 34 miles is an average of five miles a day, so not quite as difficult as it sounds, a good target and a feel good factor topped by donating to a worthy charity."

To donate to the fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lionsnantwich