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Poddle will bring in more than £8,000

It was perfect weather for walking as 142 people strolled across the spectacular South Downs countryside in West Sussex on Sunday, June 7th, to raise money for The Wey & Arun Canal Trust.

On a sunny, but not-too-hot, day with a cooling breeze, our sponsored walkers raised £6,750 to help with the trust’s restoration projects. With Gift Aid added, the total will rise to more than £8,000.

The sponsored walk — called the Poddle — is the Trust’s major annual fundraising event. This year, it started and finished at St Michael’s Church Hall in Amberley, following an 11-mile route across the South Downs National Park.

The morning route followed the South Downs Way and Monarch’s Way to the lunch stop at Warningcamp Heritage Centre at Sefton Place. In the afternoon, the route took in Arundel, the Wetland Centre, South Stoke and Bury on the way back to Amberley.

Our thanks to all those who found sponsors and walked and also to the volunteers who helped stage the walk, including those who made all the arrangements and marked out the route to the people who provided refreshments and acted as marshals.