No, we haven’t been drinking...
On Saturday 28th September, you really will be able to see Angels on the North Downs Way between Guildford and Dorking as part of Guildford Walkfest.
The Angels that we are talking about are Guildford Street Angels who are better known for patrolling their cobbled High Street, bringing a calming presence to the night-time economy. They have been doing this for over a decade, without fail, every Friday and Saturday night between 10.30pm and 4am.
The award winning Street Angels have almost 100 volunteers. Each year they assist some 5,000 people, providing a hospitable and practical presence in the town centre, reducing the risk of aggression and crime. They seek to reassure, offer practical help and enable people to get home safely. They give flip flops for broken heels, foil blankets to protect against hypothermia, offer a listening ear, recharge mobile phones and signpost people to other services
On 28th September, Surrey Hills Society will be leading a sponsored walk along the section of the North Downs Way from Guildford to Dorking – taking in Newlands Corner and, appropriately, St Martha’s Church. This, all day, 14 mile walk is one of the longest in the month long Walkfest programme but what a worthwhile cause.
We hear that some of the Angels will be walking with the group – so watch out for wings attached to rucksacks! Apart from being a walk through some glorious scenery, this event is designed to raise funds to keep the Angels work going.
You are invited to sign up and get sponsorship, or “Be an Angel” by sponsoring our team of walkers, to encourage the host of ‘Angels’ on their way – it costs over £80,000 a year to run the Angel projects. Please donate to help keep them protecting the vulnerable on our streets, no donation is too small! Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/19Walkfestangelwalk for details.
To take part in this walk, you do need to pre-book, to do so, please go to the Surrey Hills Society website