THERE was pride in every single step of their three-mile walk.
The family and friends of Ray Elsmore, the lollipop man who died after being his by a car during an afternoon shift, gathered for a sponsored walk on Saturday.
They had been inspired by Ray’s generous nature, and the work the medics with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance did to try to save him.
The walk was organised by Hayley Harris and her cousin Sonia Watt as a way to remember their granddad, who lived and worked in Waterlooville, and to raise money for the cause.
‘I actually organised it through my work at EADS Astrium,’ said Hayley.
‘They have a nominated charity that all the staff raise money for every three months, and I nominated the air ambulace because of what they did that day. So we’re just trying to raise as much money as possible.’
Around 50 people took part in the walk on Saturday, which was just over three miles.
Babies in pushchairs and older parents also took part, braving the bitter weather to walk from the Hampshire Rose in Widley and up along Portsdown Hill and back again. The youngsters carried lollipops with a picture of Ray’s face on the reverse, so passers-by would know why the walk was taking place.
Sonia added: ‘This is to really show our appreciation for what they did for him on the day, and it’s the only way we know we can help.’
Hayley and Sonia are organising other charity events.
On Thursday they will be holding a quiz night at the Broad Oak Sports and Social Club om Hilsea, and on March 15 there will be a charity disco at the same place.
Then, on April 20, the family are holding a charity ball at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth.
The investigation into the collision is on-going.
A 21-year-old woman, from Cowplain, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is on bail until April 30.