Hundreds step out for Guild Care’s Walk to Remember in Worthing
PUBLISHED: 14:44 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:46 09 October 2013
Over 200 walkers and runners made Guild Care’s first annual Walk to Remember a huge success on Saturday October 5, raising over £13,000 for local people with dementia.
The first large event for the charity’s Building a Home to Remember appeal took place in perfect weather conditions and was started by local resident Jack Cushion who turned 101 the day before.
“We are all absolutely delighted that so many people came out to support our first sponsored walk,” says Rachael Duke, the charity’s fundraising manager.
“A huge thank you to everyone who took part and our lovely volunteers who helped us make it so special. It was just fantastic seeing a sea of pink t-shirts head off along the seafront! Every penny raised in sponsorship by our amazing walkers and runners will go directly to supporting local people with dementia.”
Alison Gearon was doing the event for a very special reason. “I lost both my parents to dementia,” she said. “Today was brilliant, absolutely lovely. I was glad to see so many people support the charity. Guild Care can often be forgotten about so it’s nice to see so many people support a wonderful cause.”
Local businesses also entered teams in the walk, including Brighton-based Care Home Insurance Services. Ben Hunt of CHIS was the first 10k runner back.
“It was an excellent run, really enjoyable,” said Ben. “It’s been a great day, lovely to meet new people and great to see loads of people joining in with a great charity’.
First over the line in the 5k distance was Worthing Harrier runner, teenager Olivia Cary who finished in 21 minutes and 30 seconds.