Words by Natalie Kitchin | Property Consultant at Newton Huxley, Molesey.
The Princess Alice hospice hold a special place in my heart, as I’m sure they do for so many other members of the community. For 30 years they have been there to support people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Just this year my family and I found ourselves calling upon this fantastic organisation, whose compassion and care was second to none as we faced such a difficult and challenging time.
So as soon as I found out about the Towpath Trundle, safe in the knowledge that I could give something back I strapped on my walking shoes (which those who know me can tell you, isn’t something I do lightly!) and accompanied by my Mum and our two dogs we began the 23rd annual 8 mile walk!
We were absolutely blessed by the weather with blue skies shining on us for the duration.
Despite having grown up in Walton, it is easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us, walking along the river helped me to remember what a beautiful area it is and just how lucky I am to have spent my life here. Helped along by some ice creams we found ourselves enjoying our walk, especially the tranquillity of the river and the wildlife that comes with it.
Along our trundle it was so lovely to see so many committed people taking part, as we walked we managed to find Wally and also bumped into a few fairies!
After two hours we reached the finish line, we triumphantly collected our medals and treated ourselves to a slice of cake and settled down on the grass to enjoy the company of those who had also taken part. It was so fantastic to be surrounded by so many charitable people in our own community, but also to see just how many lives the Princess Alice Hospice had touched and made a difference to.
Princess Alice Hospice have provided free, expert end of life care to thousands of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses over the past 30 years.
Their compassionate support and advice has also helped families come to terms with the loss of a loved one and provide support throughout the grieving process.
The Towpath Trundle is a yearly event which offers prople the chance to help fundraise and ensure the Princess Alice Hospice is able to continue the truly amazing and important services they provide. Participants can choose their starting point between Walton Bridge or Sadlers Ride in Molesey and can decide between a 4 or 8 mile route, and there is no requirement to complete the whole course, just a £7 (£8 on the day) entry fee. You could even tie in a picnic by the river en route! Fancy dress is encouraged and prizes/ trophies will be awarded to the biggest teams and biggest fundraisers on the day. This fantastic family event also includes sideshows, toy stalls, a magician, marching band, refreshments and much more for all participants.
All in all great way to support a wonderful cause and an inexpensive day out for the whole family.
Different routes available for those with prams and prizes given to the best dressed buggies!
Contact PAH via 01372 461808 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Keep an eye out for our boards in the local area sponsoring the event! We'll be announcing the amount raised shortly after the event.