Ten-mile walk raised £1,000

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A CHARITY walk organised by a Henfield care home raised more than £1,000 for the Chanctonbury Community Playscheme.

In the hottest start to October on record staff and friends of Red Oaks Care Home, The Hooks, braved the midday sun to raise money for the charity.

The group of ten walked the ten miles from the care home to the humpbacked bridge in Upper Beeding and then back again.

Star performer of the day was Sue Parson, carer at Red Oaks.

She raised more than £100 herself and managed the entire walk even though she has recently had surgery on both of her feet. She put her success down to ‘a brandy at the halfway stage’.

The Chanctonbury Community Playscheme, which was set up in 1977, aims to provide respite care to families with children with special needs.

It runs for four weeks over the summer and is entirely run and staffed by volunteers.

It is open to all children and young adults from the ages of five to 19 with a statement special educational need.

All the activities are suited to the children’s needs, such as wheelchair ice-skating, horse riding, music workshops and swimming.

The charity also relies heavily on donations from the local communities.

The cost for the playscheme is about £50,000, this includes the hire of venues, mini buses and ice cream vans, so that the children can enjoy something special along with many other activities tailored to their needs.

For more information on Chanctonbury Community Playscheme visit www.ccps-sussex.org.uk.