He is officially a man of mystery – but one who has miles of fundraising surprises all mapped out.

Ed Morris is the new route master for our 13-mile charity fell walk the Pontesbury Potter.

This year will be his first time as the mapping mastermind behind our popular event, having taken over from previous Potter stalwart of 26 years Alan Morris.

Stepping up from regular participant to be the new route supremo is something unrelated namesake Ed is looking forward to ahead of next year’s event.

Preparations for the popular Potter are in progress – with hundreds of runners and ramblers set to take part on March 9.

We are encouraging participants to raise funds through sponsorship or make a donation above the entry fee.

This means we can continue to provide vital care for people and their families living with incurable illnesses.

Our events fundraiser, Hannah Gamston is urging people to register sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

She said: “The Pontesbury Potter is an all-time favourite with our supporters and each year we have people returning to take on the next challenge the day will bring.

“We are thrilled that Ed Morris is taking on the baton of creating the route from Alan and can’t wait to see what challenging route he chooses this year.

“In 2018, it raised £20,000 – events like this help ensure we can be there for the next person and family who need our support.”

The Potter, which starts at the Mary Webb School and Science College, is all about the element of surprise and its route is always kept top secret until after registration on the day.

People will be given a description of the route before beginning the challenge. Those taking part need to bring their own maps.

On the day, registration will open for runners between 7.45am and 8.15am and for walkers between 8.15am and 9.30am. The route must be completed by 5pm.

Car sharing is encouraged as parking at the site is extremely limited.

We need to raise £7.1 million each year so we can provide palliative care and emotional support to people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

Since the Potter first started with 100 people more than two decades ago, it has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for various charities, including £70,000 for us.

For more information or to register for the Pontesbury Potter 2019 click here.

If you have any further questions contact our fundraising team on 01743 354450 or via email at events@severnhospice.org.uk

Photo: Route planner Ed Morris (left) with helpers Caroline Stone and Norman Hall –  Shropshire Star


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