Just 100 miles left for Sidmouth charity walkers

PUBLISHED: 18:44 09 June 2011

Russell and Liz with Fizz accepted a £500 cheque on belf of CHSW from the Sidmouth Steppers on Monday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 0503-23-11SH To order a copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24.

Russell and Liz with Fizz accepted a £500 cheque on belf of CHSW from the Sidmouth Steppers on Monday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 0503-23-11SH To order a copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24.

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Lively welcome for two Sidmouth coast walkers who are on last leg of a 630-mile walk for Children’s Hospice SW

THERE was a lively welcome on Wednesday for two Sidmouth coast walkers who are on the last leg of a 630 mile walk for charity.

Sidmouth Steppers lined up on the seafront to make a colourful archway for Russell Smith and Liz Hayman to dance through with dog Fizz, as they passed through Sidmouth on their way to Poole.

Russell’s wife Gill had organised friends to welcome the walkers, who received a £500 cheque from the Steppers and £250 from Sidmouth Lions, as well as a bubbly reception at Sidmouth Sailing Club.

With just 100 miles to go on the SW Coast Path walk, Russell and Liz hope to have raised more than £10,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Gill said: “Russell was overwhelmed by the reception they received. They have been thoroughly enjoying the scenery of the countryside and have fallen in love with the coastline.”

The duo’s website: www.witterthewalk.wordpress.com has had 10,800 hits “with avid bloggers watching every day” said Gill, who acts as back-up for the walkers.

On Saturday, Russell’s granddaughter Olivia, 12, joined them, walking eight-and-a-half hours from Kingswear to Brixham.

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