Clare Balding and a number
of Britain’s greatest Olympic athletes have lined up
to praise ‘Stepping Out’, project to offer
health-inducing, stress-busting, scenic, sociable
walks to carers and those they support.
one of the project’s best-attended walks of the year
at Deal during the White Cliffs Walking Festival:
Clare Balding tweeted to her 700k followers: “This
is such a great idea - a walking community for
carers and those they care for.”
Tom Bosworth, Kent-born
Olympian, Commonwealth Games silver medalist and
world record holder in race walking, said: “I’m
honoured to support such a great initiative.
“For me stepping out of the
door on a rainy morning to go training can be tough,
let alone for those confined to 4 walls. A walk and
some fresh air can have amazing effects on a
person’s physical and mental well-being.”
Olympic javellin bronze
medalist, Goldie Sayers, and 1500m runner Lisa
Dobriskey, who represented Team GB at both the
Beijing and London Games, also signalled their
backing of the ground-breaking project founded in
Deal in 2016.
sports stars have been enlisted to help the spread
the news that the walks take place monthly at
specially-chosen venues all over the county, with
good wheelchair access and well-chosen routes by
members of the Kent Ramblers.
“Thank you for such a lovely
day,” said Julia Cordrey, one of the carers on a
recent walk. “I really enjoyed the invigorating
walk, chatting with people and the superb lunch. It
did me a power of good, having had such a poor month
or two caring for my husband, who has vascular
dementia, and the many challenges that presents!
Stepping Out provides a very welcome oasis in what
can be a very dry caring desert!
It was so lovely just to be
Clearly a leading feature of
the walks remains one of their longest-serving
members. Clare Balding retweeted a photograph of the
stalwart and added: “Bernard the caring cockapoo is
a key part of the gang.”
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