Walkers needed for Worthing children’s charity

Youngsters who used the Ashdown Centre
Youngsters who used the Ashdown Centre
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MORE people are needed to accompany a group of parents and children on a sponsored spring walk along Worthing seafront.

The walk is in aid of the Ashdown Club, supported by Guild Care, which receives no permanent funding.

The club supports children and young people, aged five to 18, with conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, autism and other special needs, as well as their parents and carers.

The club, one of the Guild Care group of services, began 12 years ago with Saturday sessions on a first come, first served basis.

Ashdown, based in Ashdown Road, now works with more than 70 families who bring their children along to the specially-equipped centre, to enjoy stimulating sessions which give their parents and carers a much-needed break for a few hours.

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The sponsored two-mile walk will take place on Sunday, March 20, from 2pm.

It is a round trip, starting and finishing at Beach House Grounds behind Worthing Aquarena in Brighton Road.

“It would be lovely to have lots of other people join us and be sponsored,” said Charlotte Brackley, who runs the club.

Last year, an appeal was launched to raise £20,000 just to cover the club’s core running costs such as energy, maintenance and petrol for minibuses.

More details about the walk are available by visiting www.ashdownclub.org (see external link to the top right of this story), calling 01903 528630 or emailing fundraising@guildcare.org