Alton Webteam: March 2017
With walking sticks, walking frames and mobility scooters at the ready, supporters of the Anna Chaplains for Older People joined other walkers in the Public Gardens on 18th March. They were responding to the challenge recently made by Mrs Doris Blow to participate in a Sponsored Walk which was held in on a chilly, blustery Saturday morning. The almost completed new paving in Alton Public Gardens made a great surface for the walkers, especially those with walking frames. Alton Town Mayor, Matthew Bayliss chatted to many of the Walkers as they waited for the 'off' at the bandstand.
Guest of Honour, Bob Weighton, one hundred and eight years old, met with his friends and was at the start when the Alton Town Crier called the participants to order and set them off on their circuits of the Park. With the choice of a shorter inner circuit or longer outer circuit, stewarded by the Alton Lions, walkers met up with friends on the way round. The Anna Chaplains, Debbie Thrower, Helen Jesty, Jonathon Rooke, and newly appointed Rachel Sturt, encouraged Walkers as the morning proceeded, with the last walker home, Jean Goodwin, completing a marathon nine laps of the outer circuit!
The Walk was a challenge for many people in many different ways, but all achieved their aims; to walk the Walk, to raise awareness of the support available and to add to the much needed funds to enable the Chaplains to continue their very valuable ministry amongst the older people in Alton. With Sponsor Forms verified by the registration team of Evelyn and Brian Miller, the event is expected to raise in excess of £1,000. The final amount with Gift Aid and donations included will be announced by the end of April.
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