Thorney Island walk boost charity

MORE than £1,000 was raised thanks to a sponsored walk around Thorney Island at the weekend.

The event was organised to raise money for the charity Age UK West Sussex.

Walkers covered eight-and-a-half miles around the island, which is a protected West Sussex nature reserve and Ministry of Defence (MOD) base.

Around 25 walkers, including some Nordic walkers, took three-and-a-half hours to complete the route, which included stopping to take a look at the war graves at St Nicholas Church and a lunch break by the sea overlooking Hayling Island.

Organised by personal trainers and Nordic walking instructors Linda Rusby and Andy Gadd, the walk started from Boaters Diner and Café at Thornham Marina, who kindly offered their facilities and hospitality for the day.

Linda said: “It was a great success with the beautiful Sussex sunshine included, we couldn’t of asked for better weather and everyone completed the whole walk raising much needed funds.

“Age UK West Sussex has helped – with lottery funding – provide courses for hundreds of local people wanting to learn how to Nordic walk over the past few years and this was our way of saying thank you.”

See www.acwestsussex.org for more information.