88 participants came together in person at our Walk for Hope event for the first time since 2019 and raised £8,000 to support local people living with cancer.
For the past two years, walkers have been encouraged to raise money by holding a virtual event, but the event returned in person and in a new venue for 2022. Participants chose between a five and ten mile walk starting and finishing in the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley Abbey, Southampton. Both routes took in the beautiful scenery along the River Hamble.
John and Sally Langham-Brown, who took part in the event for the first time, said:
“It was lovely to be part of a such a well-organised event that let us explore local countryside we’ve never seen before! A bonus was that it was dog-friendly and, of course, it was fantastic to fundraise for a local charity that supports a cause close to our hearts. I’m looking forward to future Wessex Cancer Support events.”
Rachel Billsberry-Grass, our CEO, says Walk for Hope was extra-special this year:
“This was our fifth Walk for Hope and it was poignant because we were so thrilled to come together in person again after Covid-19 forced us to host the past two events virtually. We hear so many inspirational stories from those affected by cancer and the challenges they face. This made Walk for Hope the perfect event to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, to remember loved ones and to support everyone affected by cancer and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. Thank you, too, to our team of fabulous volunteers who gave up their time to make sure the event went smoothly. We couldn’t do events like this without you.”
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.