Actor Marc Elliott (Eastenders and Holby City) joined teams of walkers, families and individuals for the A2B Walk on Saturday 17th September.
The walkers trekked 35km from Arundel to Brighton for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, which has helped more than 500 families affected by cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties.
The day began at Arundel Castle at 7.30am, with a moving and motivational speech by Ann Wenn, sharing her story of her son Sebby (aged 3) who was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia, the most severe form of cerebral palsy. The walkers, viibly moved by her story, gathered their packs and set off with gusto to the beautiful back drop of Arundel Castle.
Marc Elliott when asked why he was taking part in the walk said “Nearly three years ago, Sebastian Wenn was born to doting parents (and my dear friends) Ann and Byron. When Sebbie was developing, it became very apparent that, despite his mischievous twinkle and wicked sense of humour, he was making less progress with speech and movement than other children of his age. The ongoing challenges and difficulties faced by both Sebbie and his parents are huge.
Having witnessed this first hand through my courageous friend, I feel I can say with some surety how physically demanding, emotionally exhausting and at some times deeply isolating caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be. Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity is a wonderful and essential charity and I am pleased to help children like our glorious Sebbie by taking part. If you would like to donate to Team Sebby we would be so grateful.”
80 walkers took part all together raising to date £16,000 with money still coming in.
With an incredibly hilly terrain and numerous challenges, the A2B walk proved to be an endurance test for everyone involved. The walkers had to hike up some difficult inclines along the route, but once the mist cleared they were rewarded with some gorgeous views over the South Downs and down towards the coast. With a number of walkers directly affected by the charity’s cause, the determination of every walker to finish was resolute and highly motivational.
Catherine Bristow, Events Fundraiser at the charity said, “I’d like to personally thank so many people for their support, including outdoor adventure company, Pied A Terre Adventures, everyone from Rapid Relief Team, Dave Powell from LPG Photographic, our volunteers and Arundel Castle. We could not have done it without them. Finally a massive thank you to our sponsors, Wirsol Energy Ltd, Audi Five Oaks, Focus IT and supporters Target in One, PMW and the West Sussex County Times.”
Contributed by Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity
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