Posted: 13 October 2016

Walking whatever the weather in support of The Children’s Society

On Saturday 10th September (the wettest day of the month so far!) dedicated Children’s Society supporter Trish Arathoon and a brave group of 26 walkers embarked on an impressive 9 mile walk on the Surrey/Sussex border. The group took on this challenge in memory of their good friend Richard Allan, and to raise money for The Children's Society.

The tale of the walk itself is sadly a not a sunny story – but inspirational and invigorating nonetheless!

As Trish recalls, ‘It poured with rain from start to finish, we got thoroughly soaked - the promised views were shrouded in mist and cloud and the picnic lunch was a soggy washout. 

Most of the walkers were sporting Children’s Society T-shirts but they were unfortunately hidden under our waterproofs (and they still got soaked through!). Of the 26 walkers who set out from Haslemere, a gallant group of 11 made it the full 9 plus miles.

At one point we had to walk along the bed of a stream which was pretty wet even when the weather had been dry for weeks, so you can imagine what it was like in the rain! Having said that, lots of the group have told me they’d enjoyed the walk despite the weather because the company was great and everyone remained cheerful.  Quite a few have asked for the walk directions so they can do the walk again in more favourable conditions!

We managed to raise record sum of £2,400 (over £2,700 with gift aid) for The Children’s Society.  (In part, I’m sure, because our friends and families felt so sorry for us!)

We all feel very proud to have made the effort and raised so much money for The Children’s Society.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and everyone who sponsored us and helped us to exceed our fund-raising target.’

If you feel motivated to organise your own walk or join one of those already organised either regionally or by our supporters, please get in contact with the fundraising team by emailing our friendly supporter care team at: or by calling: 0300 303 7000 and we’ll be delighted to help.