Walking for a good cause in Old Alresford
On Thursday 14th March, around 50 walkers, with and without dogs, took part in a charity walk around the fields and lanes of Old Alresford, Hampshire, all to raise funds for Home-Start Winchester.
Mel and Paul Bliss, of Gay Dog Boarding Kennels at Bradley, who sponsored the family support charity’s annual event, took part with their Labrador, Nina. Paul said "It is our third year sponsoring the dog walk and it’s always a great opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and enjoy a walk in the spring sunshine,” He added "We are very happy to be supporting Home-Start and the work the charity does with families who are struggling to cope."
The dog walk started at Pinglestone House, Old Alresford. Walkers could choose between two treks of different lengths and when they returned, a hearty lunch was waiting for them.
Tesco Express in Andover Road provided a selection of cheeses to go with a ploughman’s lunch, which was accompanied by home-made soups made by Home-Start volunteers.
Home-Start Winchester supports young families who are struggling with issues like multiple births, disability of a parent or child, mental health problems, homelessness, lone parenting, isolation or unemployment. These families are supported either in the home by weekly visits of trained volunteers or in one of two family groups.