Seaside stroll to raise funds for hospitals

Joyce Ketteley took this picture of Worthing seafront, just before a heavy rain storm rolled in.

Joyce Ketteley took this picture of Worthing seafront, just before a heavy rain storm rolled in.

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People are being given the chance to raise money for a number of hospital wards, including the Eastbourne Department of Psychiatry, with a seafront stroll on June 29.

The five-mile walk, which will go from Worthing Pier to Shoreham Beach, has been organised by the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Charity and is the first fundraising event of a national campaign called Walk for Wards.

The charity hopes its event will raise £5,000 to enhance care in its inpatient mental health wards, which includes the Amberly Ward, Bodiam Ward and Heathfield Ward of the Eastbourne Department of Psychiatry. Funds raised can also go towards the Oak Ward, Willow Ward and Ash Ward of Hellingly Hospital.

The stroll will go along the coastal path, which is completely flat and accessible, making it perfect for wheelchairs, buggies and dogs. The event is free to enter and all each walker is asked to do is raise a minimum of £35 in sponsorship.

During online registration, fundraisers will be given the option of which ward they would like to donate their sponsorship money to and then staff on that ward will decide how it is spent.

Jenny Pickett, matron at the department of psychiatry, said, “We hope lots of people will be inspired to get involved in the Walk for Wards seaside stroll because it will raise awareness within our local community that people with mental health issues have the right to be treated equally and with respect.

“Having someone walk and fundraise for one of my wards would mean that we could provide extra resources such as art and craft materials for patients.”

The charity event is called seaside stroll and is currently the only Walk for Wards event taking place in Sussex. To register visit

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