Devon Walks success for hospice

More than 300 take part in fund-raiser

MORE than 300 people took part in Devon Walks, the newest fund-raising event in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Devon Walks was held over two days, and offered a choice of four sponsored walks featuring tranquil lakes, beautiful beaches, expansive moorland and rugged coastline.

Those who took part in the walk along Saunton Sands were treated to the most glorious sunset as the event came to an end.

The event was deemed a great success by Gerard Fawcitt from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, who said: “We are thrilled that so many people joined us on our various Devon Walks.

“It was also pleasing to see so many families coming along and enjoying the experience together. More than 300 people took part and some were so keen that they joined in a walk on both the Saturday and Sunday!”

The four walks on offer were a lake-side stroll at Arlington Court, a countryside trek on Exmoor, a challenging coastal hike from Clovelly to Hartland, and a sunset walk along the beach and burrows at Saunton.

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Gerard said the sight of the sun going down over the sea was a particular highlight.

“We were treated to some gorgeous weather, which culminated in a stunning sunset at Saunton, while walkers enjoyed some chilled-out music from local musician Jenna Witts.

“Lots of people were walking in memory of someone they have lost, so it really was quite a poignant occasion, but I think that sharing the experience together meant a great deal to those who were there.”

It is hoped that the event will have raised a significant sum to help the work of North Devon Hospice, and Gerard said: “I’m sure that all the walkers are doing well in collecting their sponsorship monies, and we will hope to announce a total in the near future.

“Every penny raised will help us care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. All our services are provided free of charge, but this is only possible thanks to the support of the local community at events like this.

“I would like to thank the many people who made this excellent event possible, including the fantastic walkers and volunteers as well as the kind hosts at each venue. I would also like to thank the Gazette for promoting this event, and the work of the hospice, to their readers. All this support will help us raise money for North Devon Hospice, which will make a real difference to the lives of local people. Thank you!”

Many local schools have also supported the Devon Walks event, by organising their own mini-walks. It is not too late to take part, so if your school is interested then please call Gerard on (01271) 347224.

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