A ticket to Ryde will help local Red Cross

A Petworth woman who volunteers with the British Red Cross took a ticket to Ryde to help raise the profile of her local branch.

Amanda Fox, who is based at the office in Market Square, Petworth, wanted to do more to highlight the charity and its work in the community and decided to take part in a solo sponsored walk around the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.

Covering 68 miles in five days, Amanda started and finished in Ryde, setting off each day at sunrise and walking around 13 to 15 miles each day, carrying a heavy backpack.

During the walk she camped at Shanklin, Grange Chine, Colwell Bay and Thorness Bay and saw some fantastic scenery along the way.

“I found some of the hill climbing very challenging carrying a 16kgm backpack,” said Amanda.

“At times it was a mental minefield, but I was surprised with my physical capabilities with one blister as a friend.

“The various terrain kept me entertained with more easy moments to appreciate the wildlife.

“I enjoyed the isolation and did not know what to do with myself when I arrived back at Ryde – I did not feel ready to return home.

“The island seems a lot smaller to me now and the weather was varied from 47mph head winds up Culver Down to heavy westerly downpours at Alum Bay.”

Amanda said she was very grateful for all the support she had received from family, friends and work colleagues at South West Trains, where she works as a train guard.

During the walk she raised £410 for the BRC.

The Petworth branch consists of several first aid trainers who lead Save A Life courses and provide volunteers to attend events around the area.

The office is open from 10am-midday on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and can be contacted on 01798 343252.

The Red Cross is actively welcoming volunteers, and if a business in the area would be interested in taking on a collection box, it should contact the British Red Cross on 0800 028 0831.