Mini Mouse and Woody take to the streets of Hampshire for charity

WE DID IT! Kath Martin who walked 18 miles between all the KFC's from Cowpalin to Portsmouth to raise cash for the World Food Programme and was joined by her grandson Archie-Jay Maker, two, for some of the trip. Picture: Steve Reid (122050-719)

WE DID IT! Kath Martin who walked 18 miles between all the KFC's from Cowpalin to Portsmouth to raise cash for the World Food Programme and was joined by her grandson Archie-Jay Maker, two, for some of the trip. Picture: Steve Reid (122050-719)

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DRESSED as Mini Mouse, Kath Martin walked 18 miles touring seven restaurants in the area – for world hunger.

Kath, 51, of Holly Drive, Waterlooville, started her challenge at KFC in Cowplain, Waterlooville.

The fundraiser, who works at KFC on Commercial Road, Portsmouth, then walked onto six other KFC restaurants, collecting donations for the World Food Programme along the way.

After completing the challenge yesterday, Kath said: ‘My legs are aching and I’m really looking forward to going home and getting a bath.

‘I’m pretty worn out now but I really enjoyed it – it was worth it.

‘Loads of people stopped to chat to me and asked for pictures, and cars were even tooting their horns.

‘They all donated into the bucket too, I was surprised just how generous everyone was.’

Kath walked from Cowplain, to Waterlooville, Havant, Cosham, North End, and Fratton Park, before walking onto Commercial Road where she completed her challenge.

For around two miles of the walk she was joined by her two-year-old grandson, Archie-Jay Maker, who was dressed as Woody from Disney’s Toy Story movie.

Kath added: ‘Archie-Jay did so well, and he spurred me on too.

‘He helped a lot with the donations and carried a bucket for me during the busy parts of the walk.’

She has been in charge of the Commercial Road branch’s fundraising for the World Food Programme for the past six years and aims to collect around £2,000 for the cause this year.

So far she has raised £1,080 through her efforts and cash for her walk is still flooding in.

She also runs raffles and smaller fundraising activities throughout the year.

‘I wanted to do something a bit different this year and set myself a big challenge,’ Kath added.

‘I had no idea what it was going to be like or how hard it would be, but I loved every minute of it.

‘I’m on a bit of a high now, it’s brilliant.’

The World Food Programme, which KFC officially supports, is a part of the United Nations system and is funded through donations.

It delivers relief food after emergencies such as war, civil conflict and natural disasters.

After the cause of an emergency has passed, the charity still provides food to help rebuild communities.

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