A little light exercise on fundraising walk


The second Lighthouse Challenge took place on Sunday with 318 people walking out to see the freshly painted landmark.

Despite forecasts of cloud and rain, the sun shone for the five mile round trip out to the lighthouse via Cow Gap and across the beach.

Men, women and children of all ages took part and organisers say almost £2,000 has been raised by those who paid up to £6 to take part.

It was the second Lighthouse Challenge and was organised by the Eastbourne AM Rotary with the Keep the Stripes Facebook group and the Eastbourne Herald.

The three ran a fundraising campaign two years ago and with the help of the community raised more than £27,000 for the red and white stripes to be repainted at the lighthouse after owners Trinity House said it could not justify the cost.

Rotarians acted as marshals between the start of the walk at the foot of the Downs by Bede’s School and the Lighthouse and members of Eastbourne Raynet, the voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs, were also along the route helping out.

Money raised from the weekend event will go to maintenance costs of the repainting of the lighthouse and Rotary charities.

Martin Wellings from Rotary said, “We were delighted with the response and everyone seemed to have enjoyed it.”

Shirley Moth from Keep the Stripes said, “Thank you to the Rotarians who helped book in the walkers, steward the walk and made sure everyone came home safely.

“Thanks also to Raynet members for being present and keeping everyone in touch and to Brewer’s for providing the wonderful certificates and everyone who took part for making it so worthwhile.

Annemarie Field from the Eastbourne Herald said, “We appreciate there were delays with booking people in at the start of the walk and as volunteers we learn ways to improve each year so thank you to everyone for their patience and support.

“It was fantastic to see so many people returning from the walk who were tired but with smiles on their faces and who clearly enjoyed seeing the lighthouse up close in all her glory and with her new livery.”