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A wet Wokingham walk!

The Wokingham Walk is a charity walk with routes of 5, 10 or 15 miles. Organised by the

Wokingham Lions this years Spring walk took place on Sunday 28th April to raise money for local charitable causes.

To raise money for CLASP members, staff and friends and family braved the elements and raised around £1850!

As you can see from the pictures there were some challenges with flooding around the route - around 20mm (3/4 of an inch) of rain had fallen overnight and although not the nicest weather on the day this did not deter CLASP members, staff and family and friends who took it all in their stride!

Walking for CLASP were members Dean, Thomas, Ben, Lee, Benedict and Nikk, staff members Debs and Anna with friends and family, our supporter Bev and Ben’s parents Maggie and Dave.

Walking boots, wellies and umbrellas were needed and although a damp day spirits among the members remained high with some laughs along the way and a sense of satisfaction that a walk in the rain was raising money for CLASP.

Debs, CLASP CEO her husband Fraser along with friends Sarah and Colin do the Wokingham walk every year (sometimes twice a year). Deb says ‘It is always a fun time and gives a lovely sense of achievement whilst meeting friends along the way and putting the world to rights.  It feels good to support both CLASP and other local charities.  Always followed by a nice roast dinner somewhere and a glass of wine – and this year so lovely to see our members join in, which makes me very proud.’

Anna, her husband Matt, and children Katie (11) and Daniel (9) walked in the rain too. It was Katie and Daniels first community sponsored event, and they really enjoyed it despite the rain. The mud and puddles just made it more fun! Anna says, ‘Daniel was really proud to show his medal in show and tell at school the following week and Katie is now keen to sign up for a 5k run!’ You better swap those walking boots Anna for some running shoes! The Overt family then rewarded themselves with a gorgeous roast, yum!

Lunch after the walk was a recurring theme as Dean, Thomas and Nikk also treated themselves to a well-deserved lunch in a local pub.

Dean summed up the day when he said ‘I felt tired but proud that I achieved my goal of walking 5 miles and raised money for CLASP.  I might do it again next year if the weather is better!’

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