Still time to sign up and walk to help the hos­pices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

FI­NAL prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for this Sun­day’s 2007 Kent Char­ity Walk. Or­gan­ised and spon­sored by the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group and Shep­herd Neame, the 10-mile walk be­gins and ends at Port Lympne wild an­i­mal park near Hythe and all spon­sor­ship money raised will be do­nated to 10 hos­pices around the county. Around 2,900 peo­ple have al­ready signed up to take part. The route fol­lows the Saxon Shore Way, tak­ing walk­ers past the Ro­man re­mains of Stut­fall Cas­tle and the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal be­fore loop­ing back into the park grounds. Walk­ers can choose their route back through the park where they can see the world’s largest fam­ily go­rilla house, a cap­tive breed­ing herd of black rhino, snow leop­ards, wolves, red pan­das, tigers, rare bar­bary li­ons, hunt­ing dogs and many more wild an­i­mals at risk. Each walker is given a pass­port which is stamped at sta­tions en route and ex­changed for a cer­tifi­cate and drink voucher at the fin­ish. The Army will once again be play­ing a ma­jor role in mar­shalling this year’s walk, with sol­diers from 1 Royal School of Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing Reg­i­ment, based at Bromp­ton Bar­racks, Chatham, lend­ing a hand. The 25 sol­diers will be helped by 35 teenage cadets of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Reg­i­ment in help­ing walk­ers to find their way around the course. They will also be in­volved in car park­ing and be avail­able to or­gan­ise lifts for any­one who has to drop out or to treat mi­nor in­juries. If you would like to take part but haven’t reg­is­tered yet there is still time. The en­try fee is £8 for adults or £16 for a fam­ily of two adults and two chil­dren, which in­cludes en­trance to the an­i­mal park. The 2007 Kent Char­ity Walk will raise money for 10 hos­pices. They are: Demelza House chil­dren’s hospice in Sit­ting­bourne, the Heart of Kent Hospice in Ayles­ford, the Li­ons Hospice in North­fleet, the Pil­grims Hos­pices in Can­ter­bury, Ash­ford and Mar­gate, the El­lenor Foun­da­tion in Dart­ford, the Hospice in the Weald in Pem­bury, Rochester’s Wis­dom Hospice and St Christo­pher’s Hospice in Brom­ley.

For de­tails of how to reg­is­ter tele­phone Louise Hop­kins on 01795 542173 or for more in­for­ma­tion about the walk visit www.ken­ton­ or www.shep­

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