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Walkers raise thousands for rehab centre

The weather may have made it wet, wet, wet, but a gallant band of walkers got by with more than a little help from their friends.

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On Saturday, May 10, 33 volunteers walked 27 miles along the Thames Path in aid of Hare Hatch-based addiction rehabilitation centre Yeldall Manor.

Starting from Windsor, they were joined by an additional 30 walkers from Marlow.

Although the trek started in light drizzle which gave way to sunshine, in the afternoon they had to endure heavy showers as they made their way back to Hare Hatch.

Yeldall’s supporer relations manager Sue Hedger said: “Walkers ranged in age from 16 to 72, included former residents, three clergy, a doctor and supporters from many local churches.

“After crossing the river at Shiplake by boat or a minibus, everyone arrived safely back at Yeldall Manor for medals and a welcome bowl of warming soup.”

John Stone and Robert McMaster at the finish line

The Walk For Freedom aims to raise £30,000 and, at the time of going to press, it had raised more than £22,000.

Sue explained: “The money raised will go to help potential residents who cannot otherwise afford to access rehab.”

After the success of this year’s walk, plans are now in place for next year.

Sue added: “To support their efforts, or put your name down for next year’s walk, please contact me suehedger@yeldall.org.uk.”

The charity is also making plans for its annual open day on Saturday, July 12.

Taking place in the grounds of the Hare Hatch rehab centre, it will include a range of stalls, traditional games and an annual celebration service.