Madcap treasure hunt for Tracey

Kerry Docherty, who is organising a charity scavenger hunt at the Royal Oak
Kerry Docherty, who is organising a charity scavenger hunt at the Royal Oak

CHARITY fund-raisers with a sense of adventure will be blazing a trail around Wigan as part of a wacky scavenger hunt held in memory of a popular pub regular.

The hunt is being staged in memory of Tracey Berry - who died earlier this month after battling cancer - at her former local, the Royal Oak on Standishgate.

Teams will have to race around the borough trying to find or create the items on a series of lists, with each item gaining a certain number of points.

The event will take place as part of the pub’s Beer, Sausages and Music festival, which is being revived after a break of a couple of years by landlords Chris and June Docherty.

The scavenger hunt is being organised by their daughter Kerry and will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Charity after they looked after Tracey at the end of her life.

Kerry, who also owns the Wild Flowers shop in Standish, said: “Tracey was my mum’s best friend for years and everyone who goes in the pub knew her as a real character. I think she would have loved something like this, she would have been there helping out with the judging, taking photographs and watching everyone enjoying themselves.

“Macmillan have really helped her, they provided a washing machine when hers broke down and they came in to her flat to help her in her own environment. When I first came up with the idea I asked Tracey who she wanted the money to go to, and she said the MacMillan nurses and the district nurses from Longshoot Health Centre.

“They were both really good with her but the Longshoot nurses said they couldn’t accept charitable donations, so the money raised will all be going to Macmillan.”

Kerry is trying to ensure that as few details as possible emerge about the scavenger hunt, but confirms the teams will need to be able to think fast and be creative if they are going to succeed.

Kerry has set a maximum of 12 places for competing teams, at a cost of £5 per team member.

Once the hunt is finished, everyone taking part will be able to enjoy the festival back at the pub, with local award-winning sausages and up to 10 real ales available, accompanied by music from two live bands.

To take part in the scavenger hunt, team captains should pay a £5 entry fee for themselves and register at the bar of the Royal Oak on Standishgate. For more information, email Kerry at