Wessex Cancer Trust launch Walk for Hope

Published: 22 August 2021




Wessex Cancer Trust’s flagship fundraising event, Walk for Hope, returns to Burley Park in the New Forest in real life on Sunday 26 September, and the charity is looking for 400 walkers to step out and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer. 

You can do your bit by signing up to walk five, ten or 20 miles. You can do it alone or with friends and family and at your own pace, making the event perfect for supporters of all ages and abilities.

Rachel Billsberry-Grass, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO says Walk for Hope will be extra-special this year:

“This is our fifth Walk for Hope and it’ll be a poignant day; both because we turn 40 in July and because we’re so thrilled we’ll be able to come together again in person after last year’s virtual event. The peace and beauty of the New Forest make it a fitting setting to give hope to friends and family undergoing cancer treatment, to remember loved ones and to support everyone affected by cancer. If you prefer, you can still do the Walk for Hope your own way, from home. If you’d like to dress up in 80s clothes to help celebrate our 40th birthday we’d love that too. Please join us to make our 2021 Walk for Hope the biggest and best yet! And if walking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities available – from laying out signage to handing out water and snacks.”  

Philip Dinn from Brockenhurst walked ten miles as part of a group from New Forest Rotary at the 2020 event and raised £500. Philip was supported by Wessex Cancer Trust’s Waterside support centre after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. 

He says Walk for Hope gave him a focus: 

“From experience I know that when you’re diagnosed with cancer it’s important to find something that can take you from your lowest ebb to being filled with hope for the future. Wessex Cancer Trust does that with the support it provides in its local communities, and the team has been working harder than ever to keep that support going throughout the pandemic. Taking part in Walk for Hope over the years has really helped me focus on getting well during my recovery period.”   

Entrants will receive an official Walk for Hope t-shirt, sponsorship forms and all the training and event information you’ll need for the day. After being cheered over the finish line, walkers will be presented with a medal and will be able to celebrate over a slice of 40th birthday cake. 

Tickets are £25 adults, £15 for under 16s, £85 for a team of four adults and £5 for dogs. Visit https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/event/walk-for-hope-2021/ for more information and to sign up. There is a sponsorship goal of £100 for the five-mile route, and £150 for the ten and 20-mile routes.


All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The event is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitor, Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and Drive Personnel.      



Notes to editors
Established in 1981, Wessex Cancer Trust provides free and local support for anyone living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. It operates four cancer support centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. It also runs outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on its Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments. Since Covid-19 forced the charity to temporarily close its support centres in March 2020 it has continued to develop extensive remote support resources, enabling anyone who needs help to access services online and via telephone. In 2020, the charity had over 13,000 interactions with clients, including 1,700 counselling sessions, more than 700 therapy sessions and 2,240 check-in calls. There were almost 3,500 views of its support pages and 230 members have joined its closed Facebook support group.   


For more information, contact:
Sam Bradley

t. 023 80672200

e. sam.bradley@wessexcancer.org.uk