A SPONSORED coastal walk will take place to raise money for greater access to safe water around the world.

WaterAid supporters in Dorset are arranging a walk on Sunday, May 11, with participants having the option of six, 10 or 16-mile distances.

Marshalling points will be at Solent Beach, Hengistbury Head, Branksome Dene Chine and Shell Bay.

Last year’s event raised £8,500 for the charity that transforms lives by providing access to safe water and sanitation for the world’s poorest communities.

Organiser Pete Cadogan said he hoped to raise more than last year’s total.

He said: “It’s truly shocking that in this day and age 2,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

“By organising this walk we’re hoping to help Water-Aid achieve their goal of everyone, everywhere, having access to these essential facilities by 2030.

“Facilities that we are so lucky to be able to take for granted in this country.”

A courtesy coach transfer from Swanage to the 10 and 16-mile start points will be available for participants on the day.

All 10-mile and 16-mile walkers will also be given a ticket for the Sandbanks Ferry to Shell Bay.

The six-mile walk option is a stroll along the Bourne mouth/Poole seafront. It starts at Solent Beach and finishes at Branksome Dene Chine.

Walkers need to register at least three days before the walk.

For further details and free registration, visit the Dorset Support Group’s website at wateraid-dorset support.org or contact Mr Cadogan on 01202 884176.