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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...

Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...

Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

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Graham Hayes' 60km Walk

Ex-Royal Marine Bandsman Graham Hayes may be used to marching, but he recently entered the 60km (37.5 miles) 'Just Walk' challenge across the South Downs in support of Smile4Wessex. Graham, whose Hayes Music stores can be found in Southampton and Romsey, finished in 5th place in an incredible time of just 10 hours and 20 minutes. Here, in his own words, is the story of Graham's day.

"It was 6:30am and I was sat in the Grandstand at Goodwood Racecourse. Somewhere behind the fog was 60km of stunning West Sussex countryside waiting to be explored. The 37.5 mile route was mainly off road taking in bridle paths, tracks and trails including the South Downs Way.....oh, and plenty of hills!!

After a bacon roll, and a quick group warm-up we formed on the start line. Joined by another 150 or so walkers it was time to start our adventure. The event was organised by the ‘Just Walk' group who did a brilliant job, fully stocked rest stations and the all important route arrows. As the legs began to tire it became a comforting sight every time you saw one, easy to follow and reassuring to know you were heading in the right direction.

The fog soon lifted and a glorious day developed as the kilometres passed by. I had no game plan or strategy so just walked at a pace that suited me. The scenery offered plenty of distractions, as did the numerous bizarre topics and thoughts that popped into my head, and of course I had music – must have marched along to every Kenneth Alford composition I could remember!!!

Two key points of the day, firstly the 30km mark. I was half way, every step I took now was taking me one step closer to the finish. And secondly at the 40km point, one of the longest, steepest hills I think I've ever walked. Once at the top my brain told me that everything else had to be downhill (as it turned out it wasn't, but I didn't know that at the time!!)

After 10 hours and 20 minutes my walking journey was completed as I crossed the finish line in 5th place. More importantly was the self satisfaction of my achievement, I'd pushed the boundaries of my mind and body and accomplished something to be proud of. This of course is what the charity is all about, pushing boundaries, and I'm extremely grateful to be involved in my small way."

Our sincere thanks to Graham for his fantastic support, and for encapsulating in his last sentence why he and so many others put their bodies through the pain barrier for Smile4Wessex.

Keep Smiling!