A golf captain from Finchingfield walked half a million steps to raise money for Little Havens Children's Hospice.

Chris Green, who is seniors captain at Braintree Golf Club, was looking for a novel way to fundraise alongside regular raffles and auctions after selecting the hospice as his chosen charity.

He said: "Giving it a lot of thought and enjoying chasing after a little white ball on the golf course and walking our cocker spaniel, it had to be a walking challenge."

Dunmow Broadcast: Chris Green and Tilly on their walking challengeChris Green and Tilly on their walking challenge (Image: Courtesy of Chris Green)

Chris took on the challenge of walking '500k in May' - aiming for just over 16,000 steps a day, often accompanied by his dog Tilly.

"I got off to a poor start with only 9,000 steps taken on a wet miserable day one," Chris said.

"Next morning was calm bright and sunny  and Tilly and I clocked off 30,384 steps.

"Living in the picturesque village of Finchingfield we have wonderful peaceful, rural walks around the village and also in Sampford and Bardfield - all with dog friendly pubs."

On Saturday, May 25, while out walking with his son and Tilly, Chris completed his journey with the 503,845th step - the equivalent of 232 miles.

In addition to donations from club members, Chris set up a Just Giving page and has so far raised more than £4,000 in total. 

To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/page/chris-green-walking.

Chris said: "Would I do it again? Absolutely. I would go further and outreach to others and families with young children to consider how many steps they can take in a week or a month.


"You will be surprised how easily the steps mount up and the feel good factor that one has when enjoying open spaces with others."

Explaining why he chose to support the hospice, Chris said:  "My recent visit to the hospice allowed me to witness first-hand the incredible activity centres, the specialised pool, individual rooms, and the beautifully landscaped adventure gardens and maze of pathways.

"It was a place filled with warmth and joy, yet as I departed, I couldn't help but ponder on the emotions of those saying their cheerios to their loved ones."