A housebuilder has thrown its support behind a fundraising event that aims to raise vital cash for a Hampshire hospice.

Pennyfarthing Homes is the main sponsor of this year's annual walk in aid of Oakhaven, which cares for seriously ill patients in the Totton and New Forest areas.

The 2024 Oakhaven Walk is set to take place on Saturday, May 18.

Those taking part can choose whether they trek 26 miles to Oakhaven from Sandbanks, 14 miles from Mudeford, or eight miles from Barton-on-Sea. 

The walk is one of the main events on Oakhaven's fundraising calendar.

Andrew Ryde, the hospice's chief executive, said: "We are extremely grateful to Pennyfarthing Homes for agreeing to support our annual walk again this year.

"Sponsorship helps to cover the costs of the event, meaning that every penny raised by the participants will directly support the care and support that Oakhaven provides to patients and their loved ones."

Danny Adams, owner and director of New Milton-based Pennyfarthing, will be among those walking from Sandbanks.

Other members of the Pennyfarthing team will be hiking from Barton-on-Sea.

Danny said: "We are thrilled to once again extend our sponsorship and participation in the Oakhaven Hospice annual fundraising walk.

"We hope our endeavours will help raise awareness and spotlight the remarkable efforts of this charity, which works tirelessly to alleviate suffering and provide solace to patients and their families during challenging times.

"Oakhaven Hospice provides the most incredible care and support to individuals nearing the end of their lives, ensuring dignity and comfort through this difficult time.

"They work tirelessly to enhance the quality of life, creating a peaceful environment for the patients to spend their last days with the people they love.”

Danny's wife Julie is an Oakhaven volunteer who spends one day a wee at the hospice.

He said: “The work conducted at Oakhaven is nothing short of extraordinary. My family and I share a deep affinity for the charity and are pleased to be able to offer our support."

Based at Lower Pennington Lane in Pennington, the hospice provides free specialist care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Only 11 per cent of its funding is provided by the government. The rest comes from other sources, including legacies and donations.