Almost 300 people stepped up to take part in our sponsored 'Walk for Hope' event in the New Forest on Sunday 10 June to help local people living with cancer. They've currently raised £31,000 with more still to come in. 

The walkers came together to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, remember loved ones and support everyone affected by cancer. They walked either a 10 or 20 mile route which started in Burley Park and moved towards the village of Burley towards Bolderwood, taking in the beautiful New Forest woodland.

Every participant completed their challenge and was cheered over the finish line back at Burley Park, where they received their medal and well-earned refreshments. 

Itchen resident, Philip Wilson, who raised £670 by taking part in the 10 mile event, said:

I work for John Lewis Southampton which chose Wessex Cancer Trust's Waterside Cancer Support Centre as its charity of the year, and wanted to take part in this event to show my personal support to those living with cancer.

What an emotional day it was. I met people who've had cancer and won, have cancer and are winning, and someone who has cancer but it's incurable. I burst into tears reading the dedication on people's backs, I had a moment in the middle when I thought about the many people I've known throughout my 38 years whose lives have been affected by cancer, and again when I crossed the finish line out of sheer pride. It was also a personal challenge for me - something to train for and a way of getting fitter and healthier.

The event was sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and supported by Forest Foot & Health, David Lloyd, Hildon Water and Brewin Dolphin Investment Management

All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. 

Details of next year's event will be on our website soon.