WALKERS can take steps to support hospitals with a big fundraising walk.

The Big NHS Walk, hosted by ELHT&Me, East Lancashire Hospital Trust's official charity, takes place on June 23.

The charity raises money to improve patient experience at the trust's five hospitals and community services in Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Clitheroe and Pendle.

Registered participants of the Big NHS Walk have a choice of two, flat 12-mile routes – one starting at Burnley General Hospital and the other from Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Denise Gee, fundraising manager for ELHT&Me, said: “The Big NHS Walk is a fantastic event that everyone can take part in and enjoy, and a great way to bring our community together.

“From conception, through your life, until the end of life we all turn to the NHS, and this is your opportunity to show your appreciation and make a difference to our local hospitals.

“The charity would also like to say a huge thank you to the walk sponsors, Business First, and the East Lancashire Freemasons who will be providing marshal support on the day.”

To sign up for the walk, visit www.elht.nhs.uk/charity