101 Mile Walk Raises £8,000 for Extra Cover
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend Sean, Dave Parsons, Carl Lamerton and Matthew Hansford walked 101 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester across the South Downs in aid of Extra Cover.
Extra Cover was set up with the aim to help build 1 or 2 houses for those affected by the Tsunami. However, since setting up the charity it has grown more than they could ever imagine. This year alone they have built a small pre-school for 25 children and have given some of the children's unemployed parents the chance to start their own business.
As Extra Cover work on less than 10% of donations, considerably less than most larger charities, this walk was an opportunity to raise money and help those in deprived areas.
It all began at 6am on the 27th August at Winchesters King Alfred statue and continued on through to Cocking. The second day was another bright and early start at Devils Dyke with an aim to walk 34 miles. On the final day the route took them from Cocking to the final finish line at the Shepherd and Dog in Fulking where they enjoyed a well deserved drink! After walking the full 101 miles Matthew Hansford tweeted "Well we've done it, feet feel awful, amazing experience, great support, thanks to all. Raised 8k to date."
A fantastic achievement and for a great cause, with £5000 being able to help Extra Cover build a new school, the money will go a long long way to help build a better future for those in Sri Lanka.
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