March 29, 2017

Walk for Hope

Walk for Hope 2020

Thank you!

Yesterday’s Walk for Hope was a huge success and raised £900 after expenses, which is absolutely fantastic. So to all our supporters and our volunteers, to all of you who walked the Walk for Hope, can I say a huge thank you on behalf of RRN for your tireless commitment and dedication in supporting our wonderful families. And thank you too to Bedales School who helped with volunteers and this year donated all the scrumptious cakes.

We couldn’t have done it without you all.

Every year since our foundling days, RRN has organised a walk in the local area. Our walk is The Walk of Hope. The original walk was our first event and launched the charity. This event gives people the opportunity to meet up others who support us, and hear about the wonderful work of RRN.

The walk is about 3 miles and takes you close to the top of the Downs. Some of the walk is off public footpath and through glorious woods and fields. It could be muddy and cold but it is well worth the effort of putting on your boots and stomping through the mud to help raise money to support families from war torn countries settle into our local communities.

Please bring your friends, dog and children. Afterwards enjoy a cup of tea, delicious homemade cakes and hot food whilst listening to the stories of some of the families we support.

 Walk for Hope 2019

If your resolutions for 2019 include doing some exercise or doing something to help people who are a lot less fortunate than we are, then please put aside a couple of hours on Sunday February 3rd.

Bring your friends, your dog, children, neighbours, in-laws, anyone you like and walk from Weir Field Barn, Elsted, GU29 0LA ( where there is parking) for about three miles, starting at 10.30  – with a promise of cake and tea at the end of it.

This is the Walk For Hope organised by the Rural Refugee Network to raise money to help Syrian refugees – and that is a very good cause indeed.

The plight of refugees from the brutal Syrian civil war may have gone from our headlines but not for the more than 5 million people – children, women and men – who have fled their home country to an uncertain future.

The Rural Refugee Network along with Children On The Edge, both locally-based charities, are doing things to help. 

Helping families who are brought to our communities to settle into their new surroundings, and setting up education programmes in Lebanon to make sure that displaced children don’t lose out on learning as they have lost out on so much else.

So, please have a great Sunday morning walk – yes it might well be muddy and even cold – but it would be a great thing you are doing for people who so need your help.

So thank you for your walking boots, time and support.

The RRN Walk for Hope event will take place on Sunday 3rd February 2019 from 10.00am. We hope that you can come and support this event. Last year the Walk was very successful and a perfect fun day out! Please share this with all your friends and families.

 Walk for hope 2018


The Rural Refugee Network held its third annual ‘Walk Of Hope’ last Sunday, 4th February, with glorious sunshine greeting the many walkers who turned up for the event.  The three mile walk followed the same route as last year, through Elsted village followed by the gentle climb to Elsted Hanger, along South Downs Way, down through Treyford before returning to Elsted Village Hall.  This year we were delighted to be joined by so many of our refugee families and their children, who along with the dogs, kept spirits high with their delight in the many muddy puddles we met along the way.

Back in the hall, following tea, coffee, Lamb, Vegetarian hot dogs and a plethora of homemade cakes from volunteers and our Syrian families, our founder, Julia Thistleton-Smith, expressed her gratitude to all those who turned out for the walk.  Two of our younger refugees then spoke of the difficulties they had endured in Syria and on their journey to safety in Britain.  Most touching to hear was that they now have such great hope for the future.  Taking full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them they are driven to achieve success so that one day they can return home and make a difference in their own country.

Overall, the event raised £1200.  The RRN would like to thank all those who helped make it such a success, and all of those who turned up on the day.

Walk for Hope 2017

The Walk of Hope is a fundraising event that involves the local community.    People from all walks of life and all ages come together for a 3 mile walk in aid of the RRN.

Walk for Hope 2016