Memories of Petworth fundriaser on poppy walk

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THE BEAUTIFUL West Sussex countryside brought back memories of a well-loved fundraiser.

Jack’s Sponsored Walk set off from Willett Close in Duncton and walked through the countryside, before finishing at the Cricketer’s pub for lunch.

Approximately 30 walkers took part, all in aid of the Petworth and District Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The walk was founded in 1998 by ex-soldier Jack Holloway, who raised more than £30,000 for the appeal before he passed away in April 2011 at the age of 91.

Now the walk continues in his name, and despite warnings of turbulent weather conditions, the sun shone on the walkers.

Mark Tarver, organiser of the appeal, said: “It was excellent, and much enjoyed by everyone.”

Speaking of Jack, he added: “Long before he died I said to him: ‘Don’t worry Jack, your name will live on with this walk’. It was a truly wonderful walk, once again offering the most beautiful views of Sussex at almost every turn.”

He added that the walk would not have been possible without the painstaking preparation by John Rosser and the help of Quentin Gilpin, who helped to provide medical cover, as well as Jason Saunders who provided safety support.

The walk also saw a number of people contacting Mark from further afield to take part. He said: “We hope to see you all again next year and welcome others who would enjoy taking part and thereby supporting such a fine cause.”