Walkers step out in aid of good causes

Around 325 walkers made great strides for good causes when they took part in a fundraising walk in Petersfield.

The three-and-a-half mile walk, called the Charity Walk for Peace, was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association and East Hampshire District Council.

The walk snaked in a circular route through Petersfield, taking in the town centre and other local landmarks, before finishing at the EHDC offices at Penns Place, where walkers were treated to a biryani lunch.

The nine local charities that have been selected as beneficiaries from the event are FitzRoy, The Rosemary Foundation, Artscape, Challengers, Homestart Butser, Homestart Weywater, The Kings Arms, Age Concern Cowplain and Dementia Friends.

Rafi Ahmad, chair of the Petersfield Charity Walk for Peace, said: “Throughout the year, AMEA UK sponsor a number of charity walks, and this particular walk follows immediately on from the annual charity walk held on April 29 in Windsor Great Park.

“To see the brilliant turnout today in Petersfield is very heart-warming and indeed humbling, and we look forward to raising as much money as possible for the chosen charities.”