The iconic annual event, Walk the Wight, chalked up another record breaker in May, with more than 9,500 walkers and hundreds more volunteers coming together for Mountbatten’s flagship fundraiser.

With an incredible total of £455,000 raised so far – and more sponsorship still to come – it was said to be up by a hefty £100,000 compared to the same time last year.

“We simply cannot say thank you enough for the incredible support for Walk the Wight,” said Mountbatten fundraising manager,  Lorraine White.  “To have so many walkers was just amazing”.

“Last year was so successful that we wondered if we could top it – but thanks to everyone involved, we did, and this money will make such a difference to Island people we support”.

Blissfully  sunny weather greeted walkers, and no doubt encouraged nearly 1,200 people to spontaneously register on the day, across the different routes.

The main 26.5-mile walk started at Bembridge at 6am and the final group of walkers crossed the finish line at The Needles at 9pm.

“The atmosphere across all the routes and checkpoints was really special,” said Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley.

“To see so many people come together for Mountbatten was a wonderful sight, and I met many who spoke to me about Mountbatten and how we had made a difference to their families.

The stories, the occasion and the cause are just an incredible mix”.

As the day coincided with International Nurses’ Day, walkers gave three cheers to Mountbatten nurses before they set off from Bembridge.

The final total, once all sponsorship money has been collected, will be announced later this year – but meanwhile, the 2025 date has already been set for Sunday May 11, and eager Wight walkers can  pre-register at mountbatten.org.uk/forms/register-your-interest-for-wtw-2025

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