THE threat of rain did not put off 23 intrepid walkers who got together for Jack’s Sponsored Walk.
Participants came from as far as Guildford and Chichester, gathering at The Cricketers in Duncton for the annual event to commemorate the late Jack Holloway, a Burma Star veteran, who founded the walk in 1998 in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The route, again planned by John Rosser, headed south to give beautiful views of the South Downs, then skirted Burton Park, passing through Heath End and taking in Lavington Common.
Organiser Ian McNeil said: “Fortunately, the rain was intermittent, although it turned noticeably colder towards the end. On their return, walkers received a very warm welcome from The Cricketers where delicious sandwiches awaited, together with a keenly-anticipated drink.”
Thanks to generous contributions from walkers and sponsors, the total raised already exceeds £1,500 and will hopefully match previous years’ totals of more than £2,000.
In thanking John Rosser and those who took part, Mr McNeil, Poppy Appeal organiser for Petworth and District, paid tribute to veterans of the walk, particularly the less physically-able, for the determination they had shown in completing the course.
“I am sure Jack would be delighted to know his initiative continues to be supported. It is important to bear in mind that as well as supporting the victims of recent conflicts, the Royal British Legion also cares for those affected by military engagements since its creation at the end of the first world war. This is a huge task.
“Everyone enjoyed the walk and I hope you will put Saturday, October 3, 2015, in your diaries for the next Jack’s Sponsored Walk.
“Our aim will continue to be to provide a healthy walk, an opportunity to enjoy the company of others and support for a very worthy cause, so please bring your friends.”