Ramblers walk on for Children in Need

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Gathering for the ramble at the Childe of Hale statue. Pic by Joshua Doherty © JMU Journalism

Gathering for the ramble at the Childe of Hale statue. Pic by Joshua Doherty © JMU Journalism

Locals got their walking boots on and rallied to raise money for charity by taking part in a countryside walk.

The event was in Hale inspired by the Countryside Ramble, which features on the BBC’s Countryfile show and was one of many taking place throughout the country as part of the BBC’s ramble weekend.

The proceeds from Hale Ramble will all go to Children in Need, which aims to help support some of Britain’s most disadvantaged youngsters.

The walk began at the Childe of Hale pub and featured several stops to talk about the various histories behind the passing landmarks along the way.

Event organiser, Mal Sutton, told JMU Journalism: “Last year was the first year the ramble was organised by Countryfile on a national scale and when the weekend was announced this year, I thought we should organise one for Hale.

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“The community has been very generous. Lots of people have given money who can’t come on the walk today, which is great because it’s all for children who are not privileged and have not had the opportunities easiest start to life that most of the children in this country enjoy.

“We didn’t set any fundraising target, but hopefully people find it’s been a success this year and it multiplies when we organise in the years that follow.”

Over 50 people gathered to take part in the inaugural Hale ramble, and one participant, Mike Lewis, told JMU Journalism: “We have a fantastic sense of community spirit in Hale and that always helps make fundraising events like these, as everyone is keen to contribute.

“Mal is always proactive in organising charity events and as a whole we do quite a lot for national charities or to help support local clubs. All the work we do together helps make the community a close one.”