Walkers set off on 50-mile walk for charity

The walkers before they set off from St Leonards to Canterbury
The walkers before they set off from St Leonards to Canterbury

AN ARMY of walkers set off on a 50-mile trek from St Leonards to Canterbury last Thursday (April 18) to raise money for charity.

A pre-walk party was held at Ridge House, Boscobel Road, where a breakfast of croissants with jam, biscuits and tea and coffee were offered by house manager Ian McNulty before the walkers set off.

Mayor Alan Roberts was there to cut a ribbon and wave off them off.

Funds raised on the walk will go towards running a mini-bus for residents living in the sheltered accommodation run by the charity Abbeyfield South Downs.

The oldest man on the walk was 77-year-old Derek Watson, of Linton Road, a member of the Hastings Ramblers who goes out each Sunday on walks of five or 10 miles. He also walks with the Little Common Pathfinders on Wednesdays. The oldest woman was 75-year-old Pat Boardman, from Bexhill, who just returned from holiday in Morocco and a three-day trek in the Atlas Mountains.

Another of the walkers was Lesley Cruttenden, aged 61, from The Green, St Leonards, who enjoys outings each Thursday with the Hastings and East Sussex Natural History Society. Husband and wife Roger, 62, and Linda Offen, 60, from Silverhill, St Leonards, were also among the walkers, many of whom have been on other sponsored walks together.

Ridge House residents, including May Davif who is due to celebrate her 100th birthday in September, were there to cheer on the walkers.

The walkers arrived in Canterbury on Tuesday welcomed by Lord Mayor of Canterbury Robert Waters and the Lady Mayoress Sally Pickersgill.