Put your best foot forward for Dame Vera Lynn charity

Steve Lintott  (5th from left) and event organiser Catherine Bristow SUS-160727-094425001
Steve Lintott (5th from left) and event organiser Catherine Bristow SUS-160727-094425001

The annual Arundel to Brighton Charity Walk is appealing for walkers to put their best foot forward to take up the challenge and help raise funds for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust.

Event fundraiser Catherine Bristow says this year’s walk is particularly special. “This year, the charity is looking for more walkers to make the Arundel to Brighton Charity Walk bigger and better than ever and join the charity in celebrating Dame Vera Lynn’s centenary year, “ she said.

“Known as the original forces sweetheart, she turns 100 years young on the 20th March 2017.

“This fantastic charity event to date has raised over £37,000 over 3 years and helped over 500 families providing a specialist service for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor learning difficulties.”

There’s two walk distances for walkers to choose from, either 12km (2-3 hours) or 35km (8-9 hours), both start at Arundel Castle on September 17. The event is open to anyone who likes walking or simply fancies a challenge.

Catherine says the event has an amazing atmosphere and walkers get to enjoy the beautiful views and scenery of the South Downs. “Everyone is invited to take part, regardless of ability,” she said. “Many people use the event as a team building exercise. This year, we have a fantastic group of people from Stay Safe Driving School signed up. Stay Safe encourages earlier development of better driving skills and attitudes for tomorrow’s drivers and owner Steve Lintott is really behind the charity. “Steve is also a firefighter so every day he puts his own life on the line and still manages to run a business to help children of the next generation and be very much involved in raising money for our charity. He truly is an inspiration.”

Catherine says they have teamed up with Pied A Terre Adventures to organise the event. “Walkers can be sure that they will be well looked after. There will be regular refreshment stops, plenty of encouragement along the way and a well-deserved hot meal for all on completion of the 35k. There’s an exclusive prize draw which all fundraisers who reach the £100 fundraising target could win compliments of Audi Five Oaks, one of the sponsors of the event. We are also fortunate to have the support of Wirsol Energy Ltd. This will be a memorable occasion for everyone taking part.”

Entry £35 for adults £10 for under 16’s accompanied by an adult. Visit www.dvlcc.org.uk or call 01403 780444.