Kathy Gore OBE was the guest of Tony Williams on Friday as she was walking the final leg of her marathon walk to raise money for Sussex Hospices.
Kathy has also contacted the station to let us all know that she has raised nearly £36,000 for the charities.
I did it! I set off on the 1st July and walked all 200 miles of the Sussex Hospices Trail and finished, as planned, on 31st July. I thought a solitary, socially distanced, walk would highlight the challenges COVID-19 created for our hospices, with fundraising events cancelled and shops closed but demand for services undiminished. The money I’ve raised – £35,829 at the time of writing – will help bridge some of that huge funding gap.
A massive thank you to everyone who supported me – I’m bowled over by how generous you’ve been. If you haven’t already done so and would like to support, you can do so via this link.
The Sussex Hospices Trail has 26 sections, ranging in distance from three to eleven miles. If you would like to walk a section of it as part of our ‘Walk The Hospice Trail’ event on Saturday 3 October you can register your interest here on the Sussex Hospices Trail website and we’ll send you further details in September. Any money you raise on that day can go to your local hospice or to FSH.
On my walk I called in to each of the thirteen hospice care providers FSH supports and caught up with their news. I kept a diary of each of my walks which you can view here at Kathy’s walk diary.
It was a truly wonderful experience; I saw parts of the county I’ve never seen before. I was blessed with good weather, apart from a couple of drizzly days, and the paths were clear and dry the whole way round. I met some lovely people on the way and I’m much fitter in body and spirit as a result!
Image (C) Mike Skinner (taken when Kathy on her Uckfield > Chailey leg)