Santa and Rudolph hit the road for hospice

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders.

Spike Milligan's grave in Winchelsea. SUS-161012-084720001
Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. Spike Milligan's grave in Winchelsea. SUS-161012-084720001
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A group of friends donned festive outfits to complete a hike from Hastings to Rye to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice.

Organiser Graham Woodcock dressed up as Rudolph and was joined by five costumed friends last Wednesday following a route along the A229.

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084745001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084745001

Along the way they stopped off to meet pupils at Sandown Primary School on the ridge and were cheered on by children at Guestling Bradshaw Primary as they went past.

They also made a special stop at the grave of Spike Milligan in the grounds of St Thomas’s Church at Winchelsea.

Graham said: “The walk took around five and a half hours with the stops and we got a very good reception along the route.

“I had already taken part in the Pier to Pier walk, with Brett McLean, to raise money for the hospice and felt it was time to do another walk.

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084707001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084707001

“I would like to thank the people who took part in the walk and everyone who made a donation.”

Photographer Sid Saunders joined the walk and took these pictures along the route.

Sponsorship money was still coming in and a final figure not known at the time of going to press.

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Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084653001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084653001

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Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders.

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Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders.

Sandown School. SUS-161012-084627001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. Sandown School. SUS-161012-084627001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084603001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084603001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084535001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161012-084535001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders.

Outside Rye Station. SUS-161012-084800001

Charity walk in aid of St Michael's Hospice from Hastings Pier to Rye. Photo by Sid Saunders. Outside Rye Station. SUS-161012-084800001