HUNDREDS of people stepped out to raise money for Naomi House children’s hospice on Sunday.
They were taking part in the 26-mile Clarendon Way Walk between Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals, raising more than £100,000 along the way.
The walk was officially started at 8am by BBC presenter Sally Taylor and The Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester Cathedral.
Hundreds more walkers joined the event in the village of Broughton for a shorter 12-mile challenge.
They included Paola Campari-Moss, from Salisbury, who was walking in memory of her four-year-old daughter Chiara who died of a brain tumour in January and was cared for at Naomi House.
She was joined by a large group of friends, between them raising more than £6,000 as they walked “Gangnam Style” for Chiara in recognition of the youngster’s favourite song.
One of the youngest walkers was six-year-old Evie Dawes who walked with her mother, Annie.
She has vowed to take part in the walk again next year and raise even more money towards the hospice’s work.
Points along the route were manned by young recruits from the Army Training Regiment in Worthy Down and communications support was given by RAYNET (Radio Amateurs Radio Network).
Most walkers arrived in Salisbury between 5pm and 7pm where they received medals and slippers and rested their sore feet.
Paul Morgan, area fundraising manager for the hospice, said: “The 2014 Clarendon Way Walk once again proves what an incredible community occasion the annual event has become. From children to grandparents and every age, and level of fitness in between, people walked and danced their way across the beautiful paths and tracks of the Clarendon Way.
“Our flagship fundraising event has once again demonstrated the power of a community coming together to help the children and families supported by Naomi House and Jacksplace. Thanks to all those who participated or sponsored anyone taking part in the event.”