Ashtons Charity Walk from Worthing Pier to Brighton

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On 18th November 2017, eight of Ashtons’ finest took part in a charity walk stretching 10.8 miles from Worthing Pier to Brighton. They awoke to find the conditions were less than desirable but still strapped on their costumes and braved the elements for a good cause.

They were walking in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who bravely tried to save our friend and colleague Freddie Reynolds, almost three years ago. The staff that took part were Sharon Joste, Maxine Best, Danielle Chrysanthou, Francesca De Luca, Hannah Wilkins, Natalie Page, Yachna Tak and Martin England.

Although it was wet and cold, their spirits remained high throughout the walk, not least because many of the walkers were dressed in fancy dress which included a ladybird, a cat and a bumble bee. They encouraged each other along the way, even when their feet felt like they were going to fall off, and had well-wishers all along the walk.

Freddie’s Dad met them at Shoreham and joined in on the walk and departed as they entered Hove, giving extra inspiration for their daring feat! Our Principle Pharmacist, Sally-Anne Bowen, then joined in and met the group of adventurers at the King Alfred Centre in Hove. She came laden with treats to provide a much-needed energy boost, carrying an assortment of Jaffa Cakes, choc-chip cookies and, more importantly, alcohol miniatures.

Then at the very end, Natalie’s parents had come all the way from the Isle of Sheppey to surprise her after their arduous journey, which put a lovely end to an exhausting experience. Luckily they only had a short walk to the safe haven of the pub, the Mucky Duck, where Danielle’s other half was waiting. To their delight, he had arranged celebratory bottles of prosecco, which was a welcome celebration.

After a very tough walk from Worthing Pier to Brighton, hurting feet and the harrowing experience of a toilet in Lancing, the grateful eight (technically six, as Yach and Martin decided to run it, but “grateful six” doesn’t rhyme) managed to finish the walk in just over four hours and have so far raised a whopping £1,100! This is an amazing achievement to help a cause close to our hearts, and they deserve much praise!

The Just Giving link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ashtons-hospital-pharmacy1.

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