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Walkers take raising money in their stride

A coastal walk ending in Bognor Regis was the setting for supporters raising money for Age UK and the Aldingbourne Trust.

 

Once all the money is collected, they expect to have raised over £500.

 

The walk was to help raise funds for adults with learning disabilities and autism, as well as money for the Creative Art Studio on Aldwick Road.

 

Around 40 people turned up on Saturday, along with a number of their dogs, to walk the eight mile walk from Littlehampton Golf Club to Milton Lodge in Bognor Regis.

 

Vicki Rayment, the marketing manager for Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, said:

 

“We are really excited to do the walk.” It was the first time Age UK had held such an event.

 

“We thought it would be a lovely social event to get people and families together.

 

“If it goes well, we would love to do it again next year.”

 

Vicki’s husband, Colin Rayment, went along to show his support.

 

“I came along to support the cause and support my wife,” he said. “I have never walked along this route before and I think it will be interesting to see the coastline. I think it is really great to hold things like this.

 

“Another good thing is that you don’t have to worry about loads of sponsorship money like so many other charity walks. It’s a great social event organised for you, it takes away loads of the hassle.”

 

Cassie Byfeld is one of the people supported by the Aldingbourne Trust.

 

She said:

 

“I came along for a walk to meet and make friends.

 

“This is the first type of thing like this that I have done before. I am excited but I’m also a bit nervous for the walk as I don’t really know what to expect.”

 

Helen Rice, chief executive of Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, said:

 

“Its partly a fundraiser so we can be sustainable.

 

“But at the same time it’s also a social event to bring people together to make friends, to come together over the course of the walk.

 

“We are doing it with the Aldingbourne Country Centre. We’re coming together to learn from each other, spend time to have conversation and have a social event.”

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