Long walk raises thousands for good cause

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ORGANISERS of a charity walk which saw Smurfs, Spongebob Squarepants and many other colourful characters walk 15 miles have totted up the cash they have raised.

The event – organised by Sharon Baines, 29, from Gosport, in memory of her stillborn son Tyreece, who would have turned 10 this year – collected £1,644 for charity.

As reported in The News, dozens of walkers took up the challenge and all money raised from the event will be donated to the UK’s stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands.

They made the round trip from Gosport, through Fareham, Portchester, Cosham, North End, Portsmouth city centre, and The Hard.

The group then got the ferry to Gosport, still waving their buckets and collecting, before continuing the walk through Gosport town centre and finishing back at their starting point.

Sharon said: ‘I thought we would raise about £500 but we managed to treble that and I am so pleased.

‘I couldn’t have done it without all the help from the others who did fantastic.

‘It was such a big challenge and everyone did really well.’