Weather doesn’t rain on charity walkers’ parade

Sneakers and Deputy Mayor Alan Roberts
Sneakers and Deputy Mayor Alan Roberts

MISERABLE weather did not deter fundraising walkers from heading to Alexandra Park recently to help celebrate a charity’s 25th anniversary.

The Hastings support group of the National Osteoporosis Society - which itself is celebrating a decade of being up and running - had planned Sunday’s event with sunny skies in mind.

And organisers were honest enough to admit the inclement weather did have an effect on the numbers.

However those who did brave the rain were treated to singing from local group Mad Fish, dancing from a cabaret act and music from Battle Town Band. There were also guest appearances from Mickey Mouse, the deputy mayor Councillor Alan Roberts and Sneakers, the society’s mascot. Battle and Villages Lions Club also had a sideshow, alongside information stands manned by the regional manager for east England and south east from the National Osteoporosis Society and the group’s medical advisor Dr Edward Henderson, who is head of rheumatology at the Conquest Hospital.

There were four different walks, of varying lengths, including a treasure hunt for youngsters and a nature trail run by the Hastings Rangers.

Organiser Janet Turner said: “Almost one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone, mainly due to osteoporosis - it is something which impacts in a lot of people.

“The weather was not great but we went ahead and will have raised some money. Thanks to everyone who helped.”

Anyone wanting more information on the group should call 07856 677370, email or Facebook: National Osteoporosis Society (Hastings and Area Support Group).