by | Jul 27, 2022 | Community News

Eighty-eight participants came together in person at Wessex Cancer Trust’s Walk for Hope event for the first time since 2019 and raised £8,000 to support local people affected by cancer.       

For the past two years, walkers have been encouraged to raise money by holding a virtual event due to the pandemic, but the event returned in person and in a new venue for 2022. Participants picked either a five or 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 Hamble River.  

John and Sally Langham-Brown, who took part in the event for the first time, said: 

“It was lovely to be part of 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.”  

Rachel Billsberry-Grass, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO, says Walk for Hope was extra-special this year: 

“Our fifth Walk for Hope was poignant because we were thrilled to come together again in person after Covid-19 forced us to host the past two events virtuallyWe hear so many inspirational stories from people who have been 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. A big thank you, too, to our team of volunteers. Without them, events like this simply couldn’t happen.”     

All 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.