Richard's Ramble Raises Hundreds Of Pounds
11:22am 5th September 2013
Richard Drax's ramble through the countryside has raised nearly £3,000 for charity.
The South Dorset MP did a sponsored Hike from Swanage Pier to Weymouth Pavilion.
One of the charities to benefit will be MV Freedom - the Weymouth based boat which allows wheel chair users to take to the water.
The two Swanage charities were chosen by Swanage Mayor Ali Patrick. Lorna Haines and Mike Connington walked for Impact, which works with young people at weekend nights on Swanage streets and beaches. John Stuart and Paul Harley walked for the Swanage DoE Awards.
In addition, Richard was accompanied by stalwart supporter, Ann Beard, who remained with the walking party until Dancing Ledge.
'I was so grateful for her support,' says Richard, 'She would have put many younger people to shame.'
Gradually, as the hike went on, several of the walkers retired, leaving a final trio of Richard, Lorna Haines and Mike Connington, to stride, tired but elated, into Weymouth in a downpour hours later.
They were greeted by the Oz Avery for the final stretch - and the Impact van, handing out cups of hot chocolate - Impact's trademark secret when dealing with young revellers on late night streets.
'They were there at Lulworth, too,' says Richard. 'Those must have been the best hot chocolates of my entire life.'
'I am delighted that we have managed to raise some funds for these wonderful and worthwhile charities, all of which
change people's lives for the better in South Dorset. It was sometimes hard going - but I enjoyed every single second.'
'I would like to thank everyone who contributed, those who run these charities and of course, my fellow walkers.'