Goodwood walkers raise funds in support of Care for Veterans

Christine and Andy are all smiles during their 60km walk
Christine and Andy are all smiles during their 60km walk

Fundraising champions walking a variety of distances around Goodwood Racecourse have raised hundreds for disabled veterans.

Walkers took part in the Just Walk challenge in aid of Care for Veterans, and between them raised more than £800 for the charity.

Sandie and Lily celebrate at the finish line

Sandie and Lily celebrate at the finish line

Participants in Just Walk - who support a variety of charities - can choose from distances between 10km and 60km, but all routes start and finish at Goodwood Racecourse.

Sandie Foster, trusts and foundations officer at Care for Veterans, and her eight-year-old granddaughter, Lily, took on the 10km route.

It was the first time Lily had taken part in a sponsored charity challenge event and she loved every minute.

Sandie said: “We made it in less than two and a half hours!

“I couldn’t be prouder of this little lady - 10km of enthusiasm, chatter and fun; she was amazing.

“Not once did she falter, and she even had me running to keep up with her.

“Thank you to everyone who sponsored us to raise over £400.”

Fundraising officer at Care for Veterans, Christine Gillott, and her partner, Andy Riches, took on the massive 60km route.

Christine explained: “We started the walk at 8.15am and finished at 10.20pm!

“The pouring rain made the walk extremely challenging, but we did it and thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

Care for Veterans, based on Boundary Road, Worthing, provides residential nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families.

Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 to care for those soldiers returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities.

The charity must raise £1.9 million this year, and will celebrate its centenary in 2019.

For more information about Care for Veterans, visit the website at www.careforveterans.org.uk.