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Amazing day at Arundel to Brighton Walk


Walking to raise money for Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, participants of all ages set off bright and early on Saturday September 16th to trek 35km across the Sussex countryside as part of the charity’s largest annual event; the A2B Walk.

The popular Walk, now in it’s 5th year, attracted corporate teams, family groups and individuals of all ages, setting off from Arundel Castle at 7.30am, after a moving and heart-warming speech from Elena Richmond, who shared her story of how the charity has helped her daughter India – who, three years on, has just started her first year at school, having run through the gates on the first day!

Deputy Lieutenant, Carole Hayward, spurred walkers on ahead of cutting the ribbon for the group of more than 60 walkers to start, and were joined by Chief Executive, Pilar Cloud, who completed the first 12km of the walk alongside all those taking part. 

The charity has gone through an exciting year of change, moving to a new home in Cuckfield to grow their services around their core service of conductive education, to include messy play sessions, weekly swimming sessions and music therapy sessions. Having expanded their resources within their new Children’s Centre, installing a new Sensory Room and Magic Carpet, the charity is now looking to fund a new Outreach Programme. The team are delighted with the amazing continued support of a loyal and growing community, and the wonderful efforts and generosity of all those who have supported the event, raising, at the time of this writing, an incredible £7952.16, with still more to come.

Marielle Birks, Community Fundraiser at the charity said, “There’s been an incredible show of support for the charity and our community has been fantastic, seeing us through changes, helping celebrate Dame Vera’s 100th year and now supporting our event and our work through the dedication and fundraising they’ve all worked so hard to achieve for the A2B. The generosity shown has been wonderful, it was a fantastic day and just loads of fun. Everyone has worked really hard and I would like to thank all involved for their support, including outdoor adventure company, Pied A Terre Adventures, everyone from the Rapid Relief Team, Dave Powell from LPG Photographic, our volunteers, Arundel Castle, Ashdown Phillips, PMW Communications, Vega Europe, Stay Safe Driving and every individual that took part and made the event such a wonderful success.  We could not have done it without them, and it is brilliant that we have been able to welcome back walkers from previous years, as well as welcoming new supporters. Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors, Audi Five Oaks, for their continued support.”

If you would like to find out more about the charity’s events and and how you could get involved contact Marielle Birks on 01444 473274 or email: marielle.birks@dvlcc.org.uk