165 walkers walk along the Jurassic Coast

A group of walkers put their best foot forward to raise money for charity. 165 walkers took part in a charity walk along the Jurassic Coast in July to raise money for the Malcolm Whales Foundation.

The foundation is a charity founded by Damien Whales following the death of his father, who died from bowel cancer in 2008. The charity aims to raise money to support children and families affected by cancer. The walk has become an annual fundraiser and is now in its ninth year. Damien said he was overwhelmed with the ‘staggering’ amount of money raised from this year’s event, which was close to £25,000.

This year’s walk was our biggest and best. What we managed to achieve in one weekend lives on in the memories of those participating. We are now raising staggering amounts, it’s amazing when you consider where that money goes and how the impact it has on people’s lives. The walk has become an extremely significant annual event, something that leaves everyone involved brimming with pride.
Damien Whales, TMWF Founder

This year secondary school students, college students and a team from RAF Wyton joined forces to take part in the charity event.

The walk started from Weymouth Seafront and saw the walkers travel more than 40 miles through Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove before finishing at Studland Beach. They were also treated to some of the best views the Jurassic Coast offer.

The money raised from this year’s event will go towards the foundations charity partners, including Edgar’s Gift, Climbing Out and The Harry Johnson Trust.

Damien added: “This year feels like a bit of a watershed moment; the numbers have increased and there was an increase in families and other adult participants. We are beginning to really impact as a charity and our sights are firmly set on bigger and better next year.”

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