Our biggest fundraising event, Walk for Hope, is back for its fourth year on Sunday 7 June and we'd love more of you than ever to put your best foot forward and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.

Three hundred people and 30 dogs took part last year. Together they raised £50,000.

You can choose from a five, 10 or 20-mile route, making the event accessible for walkers of all ages and abilities.

Dan Bateman walked the 10-mile route in 2019 with his wife Ashleen who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

He said:

The months leading up to the walk had obviously been really tough for us, so taking part in Walk for Hope was something really positive to focus on. Everyone who took part was really friendly, and because we've all been touched by cancer in some way, there was a real sense of community and support. It wasn't a race because we really felt like were were on the same team.

Dan says he recognises that taking part in a charity event can be daunting, but says anyone thinking about it should, "just go for it":

Walk for Hope was great because it was challenging, but there was a choice of distances so as many people as possible could get involved. You can view it as a gentle stroll or be more competitive with yourself. Ten miles tested us more than we had thought and the legs were a bit sore the next day, but we felt a real sense of achievement when we crossed the finish line. We were spurred on by everyone around us, and knowing that we were doing it for a brilliant cause. And of course the promise of a burger at the end helped! 

Catherine Lawry from Wessex Cancer Trust who's organising the event, said:

The peace and beauty of the New Forest make it a fitting setting to come together to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, to remember loved ones and to support everyone affected by cancer. We would love 2020 to be the biggest and best yet.

Entrants will receive an official Walk for Hope t-shirt, training and fundraising tips, and membership to our  Team Wessex Facebook group where you can meet other supporters and share fundraising ideas and photos. After being cheered over the finish line, you'll receive a medal and be able to celebrate with well-earned refreshments!    

Tickets are £15 for a child under 16, £25 for adults and £75 for a team of four, with a sponsorship goal of £200. Click here for more information and to sign up, or contact [email protected] for more information.

All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The event is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.