Walk For Hope Returns In Person

by | Mar 12, 2022 | Community News

A walking event which aims to bring hope to people living with cancer returns in person on Sunday 3rd July.  Wessex Cancer Trust’s Walk for Hope flagship fundraiser will see people coming together to show support for friends and family who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. 

For the last 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. Walkers can choose between a five and ten mile walk starting and finishing in the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley Abbey, Southampton. Both routes will take in the beautiful scenery along the Hamble River.  

You can walk on your own or with family and friends and at your own pace, making the event perfect for supporters of all ages and abilities.    

Rachel Billsberry-Grass, Wessex Cancer Trust’s 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 thrilled we can come together again in person 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 Trust’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 helpful to find something that can take you from your lowest ebb to finding hope for the future. Wessex Cancer Trust does that with the support it provides in its local communities, and the team has been working even harder to keep that support going throughout the pandemic. Taking part in Walk for Hope over the years has really helped me 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. 

Entrants will receive an official Walk for Hope t-shirt, sponsorship forms and all the training and event information you’ll need for the day. After being cheered over the finish line, you’ll be presented with a medal and can celebrate with well-earned refreshments.   

If you sign up before 1st April using code WFH10 you’ll get 10% of the registration fee, making tickets £18 for adults, £15 for under 16s and £2 for dogs. Visit for more information and to sign up. There is a sponsorship goal of £100 for both routes.