A stunning circular Nature Walk led by David Fairlamb of Natural Links around the Brading Marshes on the Isle of Wight on a bright and breezy Saturday 25 March 2023 was a stunning success, raising a magnificent £2,481 for Leukaemia Busters.

Local organisers Jane Cross and Maureen Hughes, both IOW residents were absolutely delighted with the outcome. The walk took in the sights and sounds of local birdlife and the murmurings of spring coming to life after a hard winter. All participants enjoyed a post walk afternoon tea and a fundraising raffle at the Brading Community Centre.

Just after the event Jane told the Leukaemia Busters team,

We had a very successful Nature Walk today. The weather was kind but it was pretty boggy. The walk took us from Brading to St Helens, Bembridge and through the marshlands and back to Brading approximately 6 miles. I slipped twice and was covered in mud which actually added to the fun.

Jane became a regular supporter of Leukaemia Busters after the loss of her beloved 20 year old son Pete with leukaemia in 2012. Since then her and her husband Paul, together with their cousin David Long have raised thousands of pounds in support of Leukaemia Busters life-saving research work.

Jane continued:

I was delighted to have raised so much money and had such a good time in the process. I have to also give credit to David Fairlamb from Natural Links who donated his time to the event and to Isle of Wight Catering College pupils for doing the catering.

There were many people who contributed to the success of the event not least of all the walkers who deserve special thanks. Thanks must also go to Lin Davis and Ann Philips who served up teas and lunches and to Paul Clement and his team at Brading Community Centre.

Jane Cross and David Fairlamb

Refreshments at Brading Community Centre

Everyone at Leukaemia Busters is very grateful to everyone involved especially to Jane and Maureen for their wonderful support and the contribution this will make towards our research objectives.