Thousands raised with Brighton to Worthing charity walk

W41C ms society walk 2''L-R: husband Nick Pottinger, brother Chris August, Georgina Pottinger and friend and fellow walker Phil Window with dog Ralph
W41C ms society walk 2''L-R: husband Nick Pottinger, brother Chris August, Georgina Pottinger and friend and fellow walker Phil Window with dog Ralph

THE family of a multiple sclerosis sufferer raised more than £6,000 for charity by walking from Brighton to Worthing.

Georgina Pottinger, 33, of Slindon Road, Broadwater, walked the 14-mile journey alongside husband Nick, 39, and brothers Christopher and Ross August, 27 and 24, to raise money to the MS Society.

Georgina’s mother, Karen August, 49, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 29.

Karen, who has been bed-bound for the last seven years, can no longer move or speak, and has to be fed through a food peg in her stomach.

The family were accompanied by 25 friends and supporters – as well as a dog called Ralph – in the journey, which started at the Pavilion Cafe in Brighton at 2pm on October 1.

The team wore orange MS Society t-shirts and pinned a photo of Karen to their fronts.

Mum-of-two Georgina said: “We had a great day for our sponsored walk. It was one of the hottest days of the year, beautiful sunshine, scorching temperature and none of the sea breeze we were expecting!”

The group took part in a tandem walk, with a walk of identical length being carried out at the same time by Georgina’s cousin Shelley from Market Harborough to Northampton.

The approximately three-hour-long walk concluded at The Cricketers public house in Broadwater Street West, Broadwater, with a fund-raising event featuring a raffle, barbecue and bouncy castle, as well as games for both adults and children.

With more than 130 people turning up for the fund-raising finale, Georgina and her family managed to raise more than £6,000 for the MS Society, six times the amount of their original £1,000 target.

Combined with the identical walk taking place up north, the overall sum of money raised for the charity topped £12,000.

Georgina said: “A big thank you to everyone who was involved – all the businesses which donated prizes, all those who donated money, and of course a special mention to our dedicated walkers, volunteers and helpers on the day, without whom none of this would be possible.”

However, Georgina said the group must not forget why they organised the event.

“We wanted to help people like my Mum who have to live with this disease everyday,” she said. “Also for carers and families who work so hard to look after their loved ones and face the everyday trials and tribulations that Multiple Sclerosis can bring.

“Hopefully, the £12,000 raised jointly between us in the south and my cousin Shelley’s crew in the north will go a little way towards helping the MS Society in achieving its goals.”

Georgina and her family were so pleased with the outcome for the walk they are looking to make it into an annual event.

She said: “Look out for us next year, hopefully with many more walkers and an even bigger fund-raising total.”

If you think you might be interested in taking part in Georgina’s fund-raising next year, contact Georgina Pottinger on 07799 037519 or email ginalee1@ntlworld.com.