Festive walkers deliver welcome late present

Festive fundraisers in north Hampshire put their best foot forward for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

A total of 234 walkers from Highclere, Woolton Hill and surrounding villages met up at the Red House in Highclere for their 31st Annual Charity Christmas Walk.

The walk, organised by members of the Los Jubilados luncheon group and their helpers in conjunction with the East Woodhay Society and Highclere Society, followed a route around the footpaths and country roads of Highclere and Hollington, and halfway round the four-mile trek, the walkers stopped at Yews Old Farmhouse where mince pies, many of which were kindly donated by Hethertons and Budgens, together with mulled wine were served.

The generous donations from all involved meant that £700 was raised for the charity. And this good news is made even better by the fact this figure will be doubled as it is being match-funded by Greenham Common Trust's findmeagrant scheme.

John Angle, one of the organisers, said: "It was great to see so many families with young children and dogs enjoying the walk while at the same time raising money for a very good local charity."

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: "Thank you to everyone who took part in this seasonal fundraising event. The support of all involved in very much appreciated."