On Saturday 29th February, over 50 Liberal Democrats braved Storm Jorge to walk 17 miles to raise over £6,000 for Wessex Cancer Trust. They set off at 8am from Alresford and walked via Easton to Winchester, through Shawford and Otterbourne and on to Chandler's Ford, which they reached at 6pm. 

The walkers stopped for lunch at King Alfred's statue in Winchester

Commenting on the charity walk, Winchester City Councillor Paula Ferguson, said:

We chose 29th February for the walk because we wanted to use the Leap Day to give something back. I had hoped for a cold, crisp dry day, not Storm Jorge! At lunchtime the sun did come out, but we mainly walked through rain, sleet and high winds, waded through ankle-deep mud and in places balanced on planks to get over the River Itchen where it had burst its banks. But it was all worth it! Raising over £6,000 for Wessex Cancer Trust was a great way to use the extra day. We'd like to thank everyone who made a donation and supported us.

Walkers along the River Itchen after another downpour 

Chandler's Ford Councillor, Tim Groves, said:

We chose to raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust because they're a local charity working across the constituency. Sadly, cancer touches almost all of us and Wessex Cancer Trust is there for anyone who needs them. Initially we'd set a target to raise £4,000 and I'm really delighted that we've beaten that resoundingly. 

Sophie Bennett from Wessex Cancer Trust, said:

Usually charity walks take place in the spring or summer when the weather's good, so I take my hat off to the local Lib Dems for braving Storm Jorge! When I met up with them they were a bit wet and muddy, but always smiling. I can't thank Yvette Riley, Paula Ferguson, Tim Groves and Sam Dalling enough for organising this in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust. 

Wessex Cancer Trust is a local charity which provides support and services to anyone living with cancer both before and after treatment. Their services are free and they work across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and cover the whole constituency. If you'd like to read more about the walk and/or make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wincfldwalk. All the money comes directly to us.