Nearly 900 people walk Clarendon Way to raise £100,000 for Naomi House

Warming up before the start

BBC's Sally Taylor at the start with , left to right, Mark Smith, deputy chief executive of Naomi House and the Dean of Winchester, the Very Rev James Atwell

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HUNDREDS of supporters have put their best foot forward for Naomi House children’s hospice and walked the Clarendon Way.

Eight hundred and 70 people completed the 26-mile walk, leaving Winchester Cathedral at 8am on Sunday.

The walk was officially started by BBC’s Sally Taylor and the Very Rev James Atwell, Dean of Winchester Cathedral.

The route went through the water meadows, Badger Farm and on to Farley Mount.

They were joined by hundreds more at Broughton, where many people, opting to walk a 12-mile route, began their challenge. Most walkers arrived in Salisbury between 5pm and 7pm and although they were all tired, they were in good spirits as they received their medals and slippers.

One of the youngest walkers was six-year-old Evie Dawes who walked with her mother, Annie, who works at Rohan, in The Square.

She has vowed to take part in the walk again next year and raise even more money towards the hospice’s work.

Recruits from the Army Training Regiment in Worthy Down marshalled the route and communications support was given by RAYNET (Radio Amateurs Radio Network).

Paul Morgan, area fundraising manager for the hospice, said: “From children to grandparents and every age, and level of fitness in between, people walked and danced their way across the beautiful paths and tracks of the Clarendon Way.”

Naomi House at Sutton Scotney hopes to raise more than £100,000 towards their £7million annual costs.

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