Thou­sands walk on the wild side

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - KE FUN CLUB - by Jenny Round Pic­tures: Matt McAr­dle

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple turned out for a 10-mile char­ity walk at the week­end. More than 3,500 peo­ple took part in the 2007 Kent Char­ity Walk at Port Lympne Wild An­i­mal Park on Sun­day. The event, which was or­gan­ised and spon­sored by the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group and Shep­herd Neame, be­gan and ended at the an­i­mal park, with the route fol­low­ing the Saxon Shore Way and the Royal Mil­i­tary Canal. All the money raised will go to the 10 hos­pices in Kent. An African dance band pro­vided mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and a Scot­tish piper was there to greet walk­ers at the fin­ish. Sol­diers from the 1 Royal School of Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing Reg­i­ment, based at Bromp­ton Bar­racks, Chatham, and Cadets from the Princess of Wales’s Royal Reg­i­ment helped walk­ers find their way around the course. Ed­die Hill, events man­ager at Port Lympne, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into or­gan­is­ing the day but ev­ery­one has had a fan­tas­tic time and we hope to have raised a lot of money for the hos­pices. “Peo­ple have come from far and wide to join in the walk and friends and fam­i­lies get to­gether es­pe­cially for the day.” Each walker had a pass­port which was stamped along the way and ex­changed for a cer­tifi­cate and drink voucher at the end.

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Staff Sgt Kenny Kerr greeted walk­ers with mu­sic as they fin­ished where they had started – at the an­i­mal park

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Gra­ham, Shan­non and Brenda Child

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The walk raised money for 10 hos­pices in Kent

Ken­tish Ex­press se­nior ed­i­tor Leo Whit­lock and Lauren Ab­bott; Jenny Ayl­ward and June John; Joanne and Harry Slack;

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Walk­ers re­lax at the end of the trek. Ev­ery­one who took part was given a cer­tifi­cate and drink voucher

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Hib­bert and Hol­lie Smith; Jas­mine, Suzanne and Char­lotte Hearne

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More than 3,500 peo­ple took part in the 10-mile walk

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One of the mar­shals

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Nurses and other staff from the pathol­ogy de­part­ment at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal

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