Sunflower walkers raise thousands

Around £30,000 has so far been raised for Countess Mountbatten Hospice following Sunday’s Sunflower Memory Walk.

More than 450 walkers, including Southampton FC legend Matt Le Tissier, took part in the 5k family event at Broadlands estate, Romsey.

Matt Le Tissier, pictured, centre, with a group of walkers.

Le Tissier, who officially started the walk, revealed his personal experience of the Southampton hospice and praised its ‘wonderful’ work.

Nigel Hartley, chief executive of Countess Mountbatten Hospice, said: “It was very special for me to see our fantastic community coming together for what was a really lovely event.

“We’re very lucky to have the support of our community and as we grow our services in the future, we want to build on that to help us reach more people who will need us.

“I would like to thank Matt for coming along – he is a real friend of Countess Mountbatten and one who understands the importance of the work we do.”

Walkers were given a Zumba-style warm up before they set off around the grounds of the estate.

Along the route people were able to place a sunflower in memory of a loved one.

Children planted sunflower memories during Sunday’s walk.

The memory point has now been moved to Haskins Garden Centre, West End, until 12 July. It will then be located at Countess Mountbatten’s garden, ahead of the Sunflower Memories event at the hospice on 28 July.

Sunflowers are still available in exchange for a donation, with more details available at

Sponsorship money from Sunday’s walk should be sent in by the end of July. The final amount raised will then be announced.

Countess Mountbatten Hospice would like to thank headline sponsors Right at Home Mid Hampshire and Solent, and the event’s other sponsors, Owtons Family Butchers, Jonathan Terry of Bitterne, Osman Homes Ltd and BDB Pitmans.

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