Walking home to Petworth for Christmas

Four of the team Walking Home For Christmas -  Roger Morgan-Grenville, Dr Tim Hill, Andrew Dyer and Derek Joseph. Pic Steve Robards SR1635427
Four of the team Walking Home For Christmas - Roger Morgan-Grenville, Dr Tim Hill, Andrew Dyer and Derek Joseph. Pic Steve Robards SR1635427
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While others in the Midhurst and Petworth area are making their final preparations for the festive holiday a small group of friends will be walking home from London for Christmas.

It is another fundraising idea of lifelong Tillington resident Roger Morgan-Grenville who was one of the founding team at Help for Heroes and who hopes the festive walk will raise funds for the charity Walking with the Wounded and their appeal ’Walk Home for Christmas’.

“The idea is not only to raise much-needed funds, but also awareness for the plight of homeless ex servicemen and women just before Christmas,” said Roger.

The team of four which will according to 56 year old Roger have ‘an average age that is near 50 than 40’ will start in London at midnight, next Wednesday December 21, the longest night of the year.

They will be walking around 45 miles back to Petworth, practically non-stop, over the next 18 hours, over a mix of roads and footpaths.

“So much is expected of our servicemen and women in this modern world,” added Roger.

“They go into action without question, and serve their country with bravery and commitment.

“All too often, they find it hard to settle back down into civilian life, and can find themselves on the streets. It is the least we can do to support them.”

The group which includes five intrepid adventurers from the Midhurst and Petworth area, Midhurst GP, Dr Tim Hill, Roger and his son Tom, Andrew Dyer and Derek Joseph, hope to raise around £10,000.

Roger is a veteran fundraiser taking on a string of challenges to raise money for good causes.

Among his many exploits, he ran 2012 miles in 2012 to raise funds for Kidney Cancer UK after the death of a friend.

Anyone who would like to support them, can send a donation through their Just Giving Site Just Giving

Have you checked out our new Christmas section yet?

It’s packed with ideas and tips to ensure you make the most out of the festive season.

There’s recipes, suggestions for presents and everything from choosing your tree to recycling your packaging and paper.

Go to www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/christmas/