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Record 90 walkers help raise £4,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally in Christchurch on Melodie's Walk

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WALKERS donned fancy dress as a record number helped raise £4,000 for the charity of a specialist Christchurch palliative care unit.

Ninety people hiked 15 miles from the Alice Lisle pub near Rockford Common to the Royal Oak in Fritham and back as part of Melodie’s Walk to support Macmillan Caring Locally in Christchurch.

The event commemorates Melodie Lomax, who was from Rockford Common and died from ovarian cancer in 2016.

A record number took part in Melodie's Walk
A record number took part in Melodie's Walk

Since its inception in 2016, the walk has raised around £38,000 for both the Royal Marsden Hospital and Macmillan Caring Locally, the charity of the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

An event spokesperson said: "There are so many people to thank for their generosity. A particular mention should go to the Lomax family, our friends at the Alice Lisle, and Fullers who provided pre-walk bacon rolls, a post-walk curry and a venue for the evening entertainment.

"This ensures all proceeds go directly to Macmillan Caring Locally.

"Also, thanks to our friends at the Royal Oak, who as well as providing their famous hospitality and amazing ploughman's, made a generous contribution to both the raffle and auction. We should also thank Tesco Poulner for the bananas and bottled water.

"Also, a big thank you to all who took part, without your support, generosity and willingness, this event could not go ahead."

Plans are already being drawn up for next year’s event to be held on 14th May 2022. To participate contact Chris Kennedy on cjklakeside@aol.com or 07866 604923.

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