Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice will bring back its sponsored Walk for the Wards on the Hampton Estate on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 16.

It will be held alongside the charity’s new Run for the Wards event, launched last year and enjoyed by local runners and running clubs.

Participants can register for a 5 or 10 mile route, with runners starting at 9.15am and walkers setting off at 9.30am – with a free ice cream at the end! Dogs are welcome.

The Hampton Estate is a beautiful 2000-acre area of rich and diverse habitat which sits between Puttenham and Seale, just south of the A31.

It includes parkland, meadows, grassland, heathland, chalk downland and woodlands, and is home to deer, songbirds, butterflies, red kites, buzzards and the Hampton herd of pedigree Sussex cows.

Its owners have kindly opened some of the estate’s private land for the event, offering participants a unique opportunity to explore not only public but also private areas of the estate, which they would not otherwise be able to access.

“We’re thrilled and very grateful to be returning to this stunning location for our Walk for the Wards and Run for the Wards events this year, and would like to say a big thank you to the owners of the Hampton estate for inviting us back,” said Ruth Masters, head of fundraising at Phyllis Tuckwell.

“We’re also really pleased to have been able to open the event up to runners and hope that more will take this opportunity to run one of these two lovely routes. We’re currently offering early bird prices for the Walk, so please do take advantage of them and sign up now.”

Early Bird entry fees for walkers are £10 for adults and £4 for children aged 14 and under, and all participants are encouraged to get sponsored.

The entry fee for runners is £10 for those raising money through sponsorship and £20 for those who aren’t.

All of the money raised through both registration fees and sponsorship will go directly towards helping fund the supportive and end of life care that Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer or motor neurone disease.

As the NHS/Government usually only covers about 20 per cent of its costs, it has to raise over £25,000 a day to provide its care, which is why events such as this are so important.