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Walkers help fund sports equipment for centres

Staff, volunteers and customers at the Dingemans Centre, Steyning, the halfway point on the sponsored walk D14251997a

Staff, volunteers and customers at the Dingemans Centre, Steyning, the halfway point on the sponsored walk D14251997a

STAFF and volunteers took to the streets to raise money for sports equipment to help older people.

The sponsored walk from the St John’s Centre in Hove to the Dingemans Centre in Steyning was organised to boost Impact Initiatives’ older people’s services.

Manager Donna Bailey said: “The walk went really well. The total mileage was 23 miles, with some people doing half the walk from the St John’s Centre to the Dingemans Centre, and a couple of people walking the return journey back to the St John’s Centre.

“Our customers were very supportive of the event. We had staff and volunteers from both centres taking part and we have so far raised in excess of £500, which will be split equally between the two centres.

“We will be consulting with our customers over the next couple of weeks about how they would like to spend the money. Suggestions so far are a table tennis table for the St John’s Centre and new arts and crafts equipment for the Dingemans Centre.”

Walkers were waved off from Palmeira Square, Hove, at 8.30am last Tuesday, arriving in Shooting Fields, Steyning, at 1pm for lunch.

Emma Seers said it was ‘quite a mean feat’, with brief breaks in Southwick and Shoreham before heading up the Downs Link riverside path.

“We like to provide a diverse range of activities and any extra money will be used to pay for entertainers and other visitors such as flamenco teachers and dancing dogs, who bring a lot of colour to our days.”

 

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