Volunteers attempt virtual walk to Wuhan to raise money for Chailey hospice

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In an effort to raise funds for St Peter & St James Hospice, a group of friends set out in the third lockdown to utilise wellbeing walks by doing a virtual ‘Walk To Wuhan’.

Starting at the beginning of January, the challenge covered a distance of 8.876km, culminating in a final walk on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30.

Emma Cleary, who lives in Ditchling and has worked as a fundraiser with the hospice in North Chailey for the last 15 years, said: “The mental and physical wellbeing benefits have been fabulous and the camaraderie experienced even though the team could only join up with one other person at a time was sensational.

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“Half of the walkers were able to meet last week for a walk where they enjoyed Ashdown Forest and walked over the wonderful Pooh Bridge together.


“The dogs have been the stars of the show with Dave the Irish wolfhound and the pug named Beano who have trekked alongside.

“Three kilometres were done by paddle board to take into account water crossings.

“The hospice is staffed by exceptional people and whatever small effort we could make to try and create some donations towards the incredible care that is provided would be greatly appreciated.”

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The walking team who have so far raised £835 were: Nuala Hampshire, Jax Martyn-Betts, Ninni Tarbox, Emma Cleary, Georgie Slater, Lucinda Meagher, Lisa Waller, Olivia Henley, Sam Burns and Pamela Potter.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-cleary3

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