Charity walk mark two
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 December 2010
FORTY years after stepping out along the South Downs Way to raise money for a sick work colleague, a Weston man is retracing part of the route for charity.
Robin Wild took part in the 30-mile walk along with other staff from Land Registry branch offices across southern England four decades ago.
They raised £600 to buy an electric wheelchair for their colleague from Ian Morris who had multiple sclerosis.
Robin, of Stradling Avenue, said: “That doesn’t sound much now but for most of the young people who took part, it was somewhere around a year’s gross salary.”
The 62-year-old, who took part in the event in December 1970, is one of about a dozen of the original walkers who is re-walking an 11-mile section of their route today (Sat)– the 40th anniversary of the original walk.
Robin added: “Career moves and other changes mean that some of us haven’t met up for almost 40 years so we’ll have plenty to talk about.
“And, although we’re only a small fraction of the number who originally took part, we want to raise that £600 all over again.”
The money will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of the group’s former colleague.
If you would like to support their cause please visit /www.justgiving.com/David-Foster3