Type of post: Public News Item
Sub-type: Miscellaneous
Posted By: Hazel Green
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sat, 3 Apr 2021
I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Walk Round Britain for Sebastian’s Action Trust. Collectively walking over four thousand miles and raising over £2000 for the Trust is a truly magnificent achievement. The walk gave me and I am sure many others a real purpose to get out of the house and appreciate the beauty of our countryside while benefitting from daily exercise. It was my first visit to John O’Groats and several other places around the country. Having spent my formative years in East Anglia, places such as Hunstanton brought back fond childhood memories. Team French included grandson Owen who turned three months old a few days ago, and Margaret and I as part of the family support bubble got great pleasure in pushing him around the local footpaths. His brothers, Euan and William, ran hither and yon in the local parks and certainly helped our mileage count. The photographs of the local area highlighted what a lovely part of the country we live in. This was a superb team effort by choir members and their families and everyone should be proud of their walking achievement and the benefit our endeavour will bring to the exceptional work of Sebastian’s Action Trust.
I am sure you will all join me in thanking Hazel and many others who kept us up to date through the Choir’s web site.

Many Congratulations all round.

Joe French

What an achievement!
A simple idea on a gloomy Monday evening late in February when it was suggested to use our allowed daily exercise and Make March Matter Walking Great Britain for our chosen charity ‘Sebastian’s Action Trust’.
Who could have thought where this would lead us? Our intended 972 miles or so just grew and grew and after 31 days of walking covered over 4,000 miles.
My sincere thanks go to all who have supported us either by walking or with donations and sponsorship. There were 60 or so walkers, friends and family members from all over the country. The enthusiasm to clock up the miles, taking us through beautiful parts of the country both far and near, sending in photos too, was most encouraging. We linked up virtually on zoom with choirs along the way renewing old friendships. We pushed babies in prams, exercised the grandchildren, walked within our bubbles and discovered walks of natural beauty within our local areas.

Hazel has spent many hours keeping the website up to date week by week of where we have travelled. Thanks to her and the team who supported her in this.
Basingstoke Ladies Choir may not have been singing in concert since December 2019 but has much to be proud of, raising over £2000 for the charity.

I must also add a very special thanks to the Mayor, Councillor Diane Taylor and her Consort Andy Taylor who met us at the Memorial park by the Council Offices and welcomed members of the choir back from their virtual walk on Wednesday 31st March. Donations can still be made here on our website.

Thank you to all for your support and generosity to help provide emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.

Alwyn Brenchley


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