Our flagship fundraising event, Walk for Hope, which aims to bring hope to people living with cancer, returns in real life on Sunday 3rd July and this year moves to a new venue at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley Abbey, Southampton.
For the past two years, walkers have been encouraged to raise money by holding a virtual event due to the pandemic, but now the event is back in person and in a new venue.
You can choose between a five and ten mile walk, both of which will take in the beautiful scenery along the River Hamble.
You can walk on your own or with friends and at your own pace, making the event perfect for supporters of all ages and abilities.
Rachel Billsberry-Grass, our CEO, says Walk for Hope will be extra-special this year:
“This is our fifth Walk for Hope and it’s poignant this year because we’re so thrilled we can come together in person again after Covid-19 forced us to host the past two events virtually. We hear so many inspirational stories from people who have been affected by cancer and the challenges they face on their journey. This makes 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. Please join us to make our 2022 Walk for Hope the best yet!”
If walking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities available – from laying out signage to handing out water and snacks.”
Philip Dinn from Brockenhurst walked ten miles with a group from New Forest Rotary in 2021. Philip was supported by Wessex Cancer Support’s Waterside Support Centre in Hythe after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.
He says Walk for Hope gave him a focus:
“From experience, I know that when you’re diagnosed with cancer it can be important to find something that takes you from your lowest ebb to finding hope for the future. Wessex Cancer Support does that with the support it provides in its communities, and the team has been working harder than ever to keep that support going throughout the pandemic. Taking part in Walk for Hope over the years has really helped me to focus on getting well during my recovery period.”
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.