Rushden Honour Walk to be held in support of Armed Forces

Rushden High Street, where the march will start
Rushden High Street, where the march will start

Organisers of an Honour Walk which aims to celebrate the Armed Forces, past and present, are urging people to come along and show their support.

The walk through Rushden will be followed by a parade march in the town centre, and it is hoped the walk will raise funds for the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Rushden RBL branch chairman and walk organiser Brian Hunt said: “Everyone here is walking to show their support for someone, be it a family member or friend who they know who has served their country.

“The Legion spends £1.4m a week on welfare services and we’re hoping the money we raise will go a little way to helping them to continue carrying out this vital work.

“It’s a nice way of raising money and we are hopeful people will come along and join us and raise money for a great cause.”

The walk is one of many taking place throughout the country to help raise funds for the charity.

Rushden’s five-mile-long Honour Walk will take place at Rushden Hall Park on Saturday, June 22, and it will begin at 9am.

People can enter the walk individually or in a team, and organisers suggest walkers could seek sponsorship from friends and family to support the work of the RBL.

Entry for all walkers is £1 and all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion.

Mr Hunt added: “It is only £1 to enter and everybody is welcome to come along.

“Hopefully people can pay the entry fee, or even get sponsors for the walk, and we will raise money for something that helps a lot of people.”

The walk falls a week before Armed Forces Day, which is on Saturday, June 29, and Mr Hunt said he thinks the walk is a nice way for people to show their support for the Armed Forces before the official day.

For an entry form and sponsorship forms, please telephone Mr Hunt on 01933 357937.

Participants can also sign up to the Honour Walk when they turn up on the day.