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The Pop Around Peterborough charity walk in aid of Arthritis Research UK raised around £5,000!

The ESP Dance Crew girls got everyone limbered up before they set off on the 5 mile sponsored walk from Thorpe Meadows and despite the rainy weather everyone still had a great time.

All walkers were given an Arthritis Research UK balloon, which they ‘POPPED’ once crossing the finish line, to find out if they’d won a prize. These included a corporate suite and buffet at the Greyhound Stadium (worth £600), a signed Warwick Davis book, family days out, meals in local restaurants, and vouchers for local stores.


Starting at the Boathouse Pub, participants were treated to some pre-walk entertainment – including belly dancers, free face-painting and live music from Peterborough’s former X Factor contestant, Nicole Lawrence. There was also an appearance from Lotso the bear from well-known film Toy Story 3, Princess Anna from the hit movie Frozen and also Mugly the World’s Ugliest Dog (who’s starred in his own Channel 5 documentary) – making it an event for all ages.


Michael Clarke, who is the event organiser and Regional Fundraising Manager for Arthritis Research UK told ESP – “I’m absolutely chuffed by the turn out considering the weather – the atmosphere was brilliant. Even in the rain people were still smiling and raring to go. Thanks to everyone who collected sponsorship money, this event will have raised thousands – which is amazing.”

Over 100 people attended the event with around £5,000 raised for Arthritis Research UK.  ESP Magazine supported the walk and if you were there look out for more photos in our August issue.


10 million people in the UK are affected by a type of Arthritis including 15,000 children- which averages out to one in every six people. This means that in Peterborough around 30,750 people will be suffering with the condition.

If this has inspired you to do your own fundraising event, contact Michael Clarke by emailing: or call 01733 331721.

ESP Magazine supported the event so look out for more photos and coverage in the August issue!

Photos: Andrew James Photography


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