Tough hike with thoughts of a seat

Southlanders Community Group chairman Ann Martin reaches the top with her guide
Southlanders Community Group chairman Ann Martin reaches the top with her guide

Southlanders Community Group chairman Ann Martin battled heavy rain to complete a 10km hike in the Black River Gorges in Mauritis.

She raised nearly £200 towards a seat for the new Williams Road Village Green in Shoreham.

Ann, who has fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, said: “The guide estimated the hike should take up to two hours but in fact it took almost four due to the heavy rain, which made the going tough.

“The rain was warm and the water in the puddles very warm, which made it a bit easier. The trainers went in the bin!

“Sponsorship coming from the residents who visit the community café and friends and family who live both in and out of the UK.

“The total raised so far is £450, however if every household in the Southlands Ward donated £1 we would have not only one seat but two.”

The new village green sign, paid for by the Southlanders through fundraising, will be unveiled on Monday.

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