Stand up for Leisha Campaign raises £1,500 with charity walk

Ready for the off. Supporters of the Stand up for Leisha Campaign.
Ready for the off. Supporters of the Stand up for Leisha Campaign.
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A charity walk from Seaford to Telscombe raised £1,500 for the Stand up for Leisha Campaign.

Around 50 people undertook the ten kilometre walk on Saturday September 13 from the Salts Recreation Ground to Telscombe Tye.

The campaign is aiming to raise £21,000 for Leisha, a 12 year old girl from Telscombe with cerebral palsy who needs a new powered wheelchair.

Town clerk Nancy Astley said: “There were in excess of 50 walkers on the day and so far the walk has raised about £1500 but we expect more sponsorship money over the next week to be brought in, so hopefully the walk would raise £2,000 when finished.

“All the walkers did really well, over some quite rough terrain so we were very pleased that everyone made it back to the finish with no serious injuries except for a few blisters.”

The walk took participants along the Seahaven Coastal Trail around Castle Hill in Newhaven and along the cliff tops to the Tye in time for the annual Telscombe Town firework display.

Telscombe mayor Wayne Botting was accompanied by Seaford mayor Mark Brown, deputy mayor of Newhaven Diane Hall and Peacehaven mayor Robert Robertson.

The mayors were joined in the evening by Brighton mayor Brian Finch to watch the firework display with nearly 2,000 local residents.

So far the campaign has raised a total of £11,000 through donations and a crowd funding website.

The sponsored walk and bucket collections undertaken throughout the area should raise another £3,000 towards the final target.

Future fundraising events include a Boxathon, a school Onesie Day, battle of the band contest and pub quizzes around the area.

For further details of events or to make donations call Telscombe Civic Centre on 01273 587999.

The next event is the Charity Boxathon in Newhaven on Saturday September 27 and Onesie Day will be held at Peacehaven Community School on Thursday October 23 where there will also be a cake sale.