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Walking is as close to free as it gets, says Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell

Out and about: Helen Aldis, of The Princes Countryside Fund, Norman Baker, Sally Gunnell and Alistair Mackie of Barclays.

Out and about: Helen Aldis, of The Princes Countryside Fund, Norman Baker, Sally Gunnell and Alistair Mackie of Barclays.

Local people got together with Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell OBE at Spring Barn Farm near Lewes to Walk a Country Mile.

The event was part of National Countryside Week which is run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund to raise awareness of the importance of the countryside to the UK.

Barclays is a supporter of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and organised the event in Lewes to allow local people an opportunity to take part and to meet Sally, who is an ambassador for the charity.

She talked about her love for the countryside and her role as an ambassador, and said: “The simple act of taking a walk connects us to landscapes, nature, communities and helps us to reflect and appreciate the importance of the countryside. Walking is as close to free as it gets, you don’t need fancy shoes, or clothes, or equipment.”

Local MP Norman Baker visited the farm to meet the walkers and to hear about the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

He said: “Being able to access the countryside is a real pleasure and we are fortunate to be able to have the beautiful South Downs on our doorstep.

“I support the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund in promoting the Walk a Country Mile event and access to the countryside, which we can often take for granted, to encourage people to get outside, walk and learn more about our wonderful surroundings.”

 

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