Charity Bar WalkIt’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it…!

Residents of a West Coast community are planning a Charity Bar Walk on Sunday September 20th to buy walking aids for Portimão Hospital.

Only, unlike the aid stations set out along the course of a marathon or half marathon, these walkers will be making their “pit stops”…for a glass of beer!

And just to add to the sense of fun along the 3.54km route (2.2 miles) it is expected that many of the walkers—who are expected to be joined by several nurses from Portimão Hospital—will be wearing fancy dress.

The walk will begin at 2pm at Restaurante O Paulo on the promontory at Arrifana and finish at Restaurante Vale da Telha on the Pines Roundabout, taking in nine different “aid stations”.
For anyone who wishes to take part but prefers a shorter distance there is a second start point at Hugo’s Bar in Vale da Telha at 4.30pm.

It’s all the idea of local resident Cath Baker who drew her inspiration from the Charity Pub Crawls that were so popular back in her native Lancashire.

“The idea is to take a serious cause, like raising funds for the hospital, but make it even more appealing by adding the fun element of dropping off at selected bars to have a sup or two and enjoy a little craic and banter,” she explained.

“The bar owners have all happily joined in, agreeing to make donations for each drink sold.
“And even though one or two of the walkers might arrive back at the finishing line a little sozzled and staggering a little, at least they’ll do so knowing that that they’ll be helping some of the hospital’s infirm patients walk a little steadier thanks to the walking aids we will be helping to supply.”

She added: “The Fancy Dress element is optional, but there will be a prize for the best costume”.

Cath is once again backed by local community association AMOVATE (The Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha) which, in 2011, helped her to raise the funds to buy nine new wheelchairs for Portimão Hospital’s orthopaedic department.

Each walker will pay a €2 entry fee and sponsorship forms for all the walkers are available from O Paulo Restaurante at the start point in Arrifana and also at the Restaurante Vale Da Telha where the walk finishes.

More information is available from 96 472 1842, at Facebook page Charity Walk VDT or alternatively e-mail Cath Baker at

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