Steve Dooley Walk for charity

By Paige Freshwater

A Liverpool charity is set to receive a £10,000 boost from a Catholic men’s group.

Following a walk in memory of Steve Dooley, a former member of the Knights of St Columba, £6,200 was received in donations and £3,000 was then match funded by Barclays Bank.

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The Dooley family with Steve’s widow, Barbara, front row on the right. (C) Danny Grimes

The funds will now be donated to the Children’s Cancer Support Group, which provides information and support for parents of children with cancer.

Covering approximately five miles, the walk stretched from Albert Dock to the Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth.

The Knights of St Columba is a Catholic fraternal service, which describes itself as being dedicated to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

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A group of the walkers taking part in the vent named after Steve Dooley. (C) Danny Grimes

David Linford, Grand Knight of Council 9 South Liverpool, said: “When it [the walk] started eighteen years ago, there was only one parish involved, but now there are contributions from as many as five or six parishes.

“Not only has the number of Knights that walk grown, but it has now extended to parishioners also taking part.

“We have actually seen people coming along with their dogs and we have had an increase of youngsters joining in.

“There are a lot of young and old people who take part in the walk and it has become quite a big social occasion.”

The walk is an annual event that supports a range of charities, explained Knight and Provincial Publicity Officer, David Keane.

He said: “The council decides each year which charity should receive the funds raised from the walk in that particular year.

“Steve unfortunately died a few years after the inauguration of this annual event and so we decided, as a council, that we would keep his memory alive by naming the walk after him.

“Steve was a prominent and very active member of the Council and he was also a great leader.

“It is a unifying thing for the rest of us to do this in his memory.”

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