THE MS Society’s Wheel & Walk event in Huntingdon on Sunday raised more than £10,000 for the charity.

HUNDREDS of people turned out for the MS Society's Wheel & Walk event in Huntingdon on Sunday.

In its second year, the event at Hinchingbrooke Country Park has raised more than £10,000 for the charity.

Chairman of the organising committee, Tony Collett, told The Hunts Post that he was thrilled with the turnout.

He said: "Despite the weather not being too kind to us in the morning, the crowds turned out. We had more than 300 people there, with 160 of those taking part in the Wheel & Walk itself. Having the classic cars there and all the stalls certainly added to the event.

"We were absolutely thrilled to be honoured by the presence of Huntingdon's new mayor, Councillor Chris Doyle and his wife Jackie, and Professor Richard Compton, who is the top researcher into multiple sclerosis not just in the UK but the world. He took part in the walk, with his dog Casper.

"Everybody got a certificate and a medal for taking part and we will be deciding very soon if we will be holding another event next year."

The money raised will be split between branches of the MS Society, including Huntingdon's and the MS Therapy Centre in the town, as well as helping to fund vital research at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Participants were able to set off on one of three courses at the country park: a fully-accessible 3km route, a 5km route or a 10km route.

The day's other events included performances by the Blue Vision Twirling Team and the Paper Soldiers band, as well as a display of vintage cars, courtesy of the MG Classic Cars Club.