Gatwick Diamond go for a walk

Way back, long before all our lives changed, Rob suggested a wonderful stroll for our annual HASSRA sponsored walk - Amberley to Little­hampton along the River Arun in West Sussex. Unfor­tunately, due to the pandemic, everything was put on hold.

Every year we support a charity and this year it was ‘Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis’ in memory of our dear colleague Rodger Whitefield who sadly passed away earlier this year. They are not supported by the Government so every little helps.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a devastating and deadly disease which effects the lungs. As pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung tissue and air sacs) develops, it becomes harder for oxygen to pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream. The symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis vary from person to person, but in some patients, worsening of the disease can result in shortness of breath and eventually lead to the body's organs not getting enough oxygen to work properly.

On Saturday 28th August, Rob, Jilly, Janet and I, finally set out from Amberley Rail Station to walk across country to Arundel. It was a lovely day - not too hot or too sunny and we had a brilliant time catching up. We passed a fab bug hotel and the scenery was breath taking. It was all very chilled. Approx two hours later and after six miles we reached the Black Rabbit at Arundel where we stopped for refres­hments. We then strolled down to the town where we ate lunch at the Waterside Inn before Rob carried on down for a further 6½ miles to Little­hampton, keeping in regular contact with us via Whatsapp. Jilly caught the train back home to put her feet up and Janet and I explored the delights of Arundel including delicious ice cream, listening to live music, visiting art galleries, antique markets and other fascinating and quaint shops. 

Meanwhile, Rob visited a couple of watering holes on his own on the way to Little­hampton. The only hitch in the day was a train cancellation which meant Rob was a little late back. He stopped at the Murrell Arms in Barnham, before we all met up again in Amberley for a well-earned meal and drink at the Bridge Inn, while the sun set. We were excep­ti­onally lucky with the weather. Although there were some dark clouds in the sky, the rain kept off.

We are already planning the event for next year.

A magnificent £800.00 was raised through sponsorship, donations and gift aid and it will help fund research to improve the quality of life for 70,000 people living with this disease and will hopefully one day lead to a cure.

Caroline, Gatwick Diamond