Rain warnings scare away charity walkers

A10 Week 18'MCBH'DP'Annual Berkhamsted Walk in aid of The Childrens Society, pictured here at Ashridge Management College
A10 Week 18'MCBH'DP'Annual Berkhamsted Walk in aid of The Childrens Society, pictured here at Ashridge Management College
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CHARITY volunteers were disappointed by a low turnout - and windy weather that blew a gazebo into one of their cars.

They were helping out during The Children’s Society’s annual Berkhamsted Walk on Sunday, which attracted up to 60 fewer walkers than the previous year.

Organiser Ann Browning said: “It was rather a disappointing day, actually. I think people were put off by the weather forecast.”

She was stationed with helpers in Ashridge under a small gazebo - that was blown into a volunteer’s car, leaving a dent and scratch.

But Ann said: “It was a great day for walking and a lot of people said how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful area.”

Last year, the Gazette reported that walkers got lost during the event after vandals ripped up signs telling them where to go.

The annual hike, which has raised more than £275,000 for children in need in 43 years, offers participants three routes from Berkhamsted and Ashridge to choose between.