Best foot forward for Samaritans

Cornwall Samaritans hosted their first-ever Samaritans National Walk with 160 walkers from around the UK at Penzance on Saturday 11 June.

Walkers from as far afield as Great Yarmouth, the Home Counties, Sussex, Shropshire, Tyne and Wear and Yorkshire travelled to Cornwall to take part.    

The sun came out for the walk from Penzance, with stunning views of Mount’s Bay, St Michael’s Mount and the rugged Cornish coastline, en route to St Ives.

Paul Hibbert, a volunteer from Great Yarmouth branch who was on his 20th National Walk, said: “It was one of the best organised walks I have ever been on with a nice variety of walking conditions, the landscape was really special.”

Volunteers from a number of branches have worked together over the last year to organise route plans, sponsorship, publicity and first aid.

Branch Director at Truro branch Gill Pipkin said: “I am immensely proud of the whole branch. From the dedication of the team organising it, who walked every inch of the route several times, timed the ‘legs’ to the minute and drew up excellent instructions and signs, to the army of volunteers and their families who baked cakes, sold raffle tickets and turned up on the day to staff the checkpoints and welcome visitors from around the country.

“Thanks to our venue too, the prestigious Penwith College and for the staff’s help and support.”

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Images

1 - Some of the 150 starters preparing to set off

2 - A first aider treats a fellow volunteer's blisters

3 - Walkers make their way along Cornwall's coastal footpath overlooking Godrevy lighthouse, said to have inspired Virginia Woolf's novel, To The Lighthouse.