MORE than 325 walkers, among them East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds, made great strides for good causes last weekend when they took part in a fundraising walk in Petersfield.
The three-and-a-half mile Charity Walk for Peace was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders’ Association and East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and gave people the chance to come together for a positive purpose.
The walk snaked in a circular route through Petersfield, taking in the town centre and other landmarks, before finishing at the district council offices at Penns Place where walkers were treated to lunch.
Nine charities have been selected as beneficiaries from the event, including FitzRoy, The Rosemary Foundation, Artscape, Challengers, HomeStart Butser, HomeStart Wey-Water, The Kings Arms, Age Concern Cowplain, and Dementia Friends.
District council leader Julie Butler said: “Last year’s walk raised £7,000 which was used to support local charities and their vital work in the district. My ambition is to raise at least £15,000 this year, although I am hoping for so much more. Every penny we raise goes straight back to the chosen charities.”
And she added: “It was amazing to see so many people turn up and sign up on the day to join us.
“We knew that more than 100 had signed up before the event. It was overwhelming to see our numbers swell so much on the day. So many came along to take part in the 2018 walk and raise even more money for these fantastic charities.
“Thank you to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders for their hard work in organising such a successful event. We have established a firm partnership, working together for such good causes.”