Almost £30,000 has been raised for a Watford hospice, during a walk in central London.

Over 279 walkers took part in Sunday's event (March 26), which began at Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park.

Participants chose between a five and ten mile route, taking in either five or 12 of London's bridges.

The first to finish the walk, at London's Tower Bridge, did so in just over three hours.


Finishers were awarded a medal, and the chance to pose beside the landmark.

Becky Gates, from St Albans, said: “My mum was cared for at the Peace Hospice Care Inpatient Unit during the last five days of her life last year. Everything had happened so quickly following her diagnosis and it was a terrible time for us all, but from the moment she arrived at the Hospice, the level of care she received was phenomenal.


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“We decided to take part in the London Bridges walk as a family because we wanted to give back and do something in memory of Mum – that’s what she would have appreciated and wanted.

Watford Observer: Participants chose between a five mile walk and a ten mile walk.Participants chose between a five mile walk and a ten mile walk. (Image: Peace Hospice Care)

“We had a lovely day at the walk. Ten of us walked together – including my great nieces who are just four years and six weeks old! It was great taking in all the sights along the route, and we even managed to stop for coffee and lunch along the way. 

“The rain didn’t dampen our day, and when we all arrived at Tower Bridge and were given our medals I know that our much loved mum and nan was there shining down on us."

Watford Observer: Becky Gates, from St Albans, and her familyBecky Gates, from St Albans, and her family (Image: Peace Hospice Care)

Peace Hospice Care’s Jackie Tritton added: "It was great to see so many people turn out for our sixth annual London Bridges Walk.

"By the time the walkers got to us they were in good spirits and asking how much further to go, but were very determined to finish.

"It was great to be able to spur them on to the finish line.

"It’s always humbling to hear people’s reasons for taking part and that acts as a reminder of why events like this are so important.”

Watford Observer: Peace Hospice Care's Katie and Jackie Tritton.Peace Hospice Care's Katie and Jackie Tritton. (Image: Peace Hospice Care)

Lastly, Peter Rasmussen - Peace Hospice Care's events manager - commented: “The London Bridges Walk is always a great day and this year was no exception – despite the weather.

"All of the walkers showed great spirit in completing the day with smiles and determination.

“The money raised through entry fees and sponsorship could cover the costs of running our inpatient unit for eight days and I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who either took part, or supported somebody who did.”