One of Guernsey’s largest annual charity fundraising events has raised over £35,000.

400 people took part in the challenging 39 mile around the island Saffery Champness Rotary Walk on 7 June, raising funds for nine local community projects – the most charity projects ever to be selected in the history of the walk.

At the awards ceremony, hosted by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and Mrs Walker, at Government House last night, David Mortimer, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Guernsey presented cheques to Autism Guernsey, the Cardiac Action Group, CLIC Sargent Guernsey, the Guernsey Bereavement Services, Guernsey Cancer Support, Headway Guernsey, the Guernsey Neurological Concern Society, Trinity Church and the Vale Primary School PTA.

As well as the chosen charities, Mr Mortimer also recognised the achievements of a number of individual walkers, presenting them with special awards to mark their specific endeavours.

Lily Harris was the youngest walker to complete the route (15) while Ray Pickett won an award for being the oldest walker (77). Sophie Veron won the specific individual achievement award and Kirsty Bryce won the award for the highest level of sponsorship raised.

An additional award at this year’s presentation evening was the Saffery Selfie prize. Walkers were asked to take selfies as they completed the route and post on the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk’s Facebook and Twitter pages, www.facebook.com/SCRWalk and @SCRWalk. This generated lots of posts and the team at Saffery Champness selected the GSPCA as the ultimate winner. GSPCA manager Steve Byrne picked up the award on behalf of the charity.

David Mortimer chairman of Rotary Club also announced the date for next year’s Saffery Champness Rotary Walk which will take place on Saturday 6 June.

“I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the Walk. Having to find a new sponsor delayed our planning schedule this year but the event was a great success. That is a tribute to the organising committee and all the sponsors. We were very pleased with the number of local causes we were able to support and with the amount of money raised. The funding will make a real difference to these charities so thank you to all those brave souls who took part in the Walk enabling us to make these donations. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015,” he said.

Local firm Saffery Champness took over the sponsorship of the around the island walk this year and have committed to supporting the event for a minimum of three years.

Nick Batiste, managing director of Saffery Champness in Guernsey, said:

“As sponsor we have seen first-hand how much preparation goes into the organisation of the Rotary Walk. We have had a team of staff on the organisation committee who have been actively involved in helping out the Rotary Club with all the work that goes on behind the scenes in the build up to and on the day of the Walk.

“To have raised such an impressive amount and hear how that money will be spent by the nine deserving charities puts this all into perspective.”

Applications will soon open for local charities to apply for funding from the 2015 Saffery Champness Rotary Walk. Details will be issued shortly and submissions can be made by any local registered charity which is in need of financial support for a specific project or initiative. For further information please email [email protected]