A weekend of fundraising in aid of a local hospice was kick-started by a men-only walk – the first event of its kind held by the charity.

Weldmar Hospicecare held its first ever club-to-club men only sponsored walk on Saturday, an event described as “fantastic” by organisers.

Starting at Weymouth Rugby Club, on Monmouth Avenue, 46 men took on the six and-a-half mile walk along the relief road to the county town where they enjoyed a well-earned pint and watched the Six Nations on the big screen at Dorchester Rugby Club, on Coburg Road.

Fundraiser Alaine Harman said the event was “absolutely fantastic.”

“It was the first men’s walk and there were 46 people of mixed ages taking part,” said Alaine. “There was a great atmosphere and they all absolutely loved it and can’t wait for next year’s event.

“Most people in the local area know about Weldmar and so they know that funds are going to a really good cause.

“Many of our events are really well known and popular and we’re hoping this will be the same.

“People are talking about it already and we’re hoping next year’s men’s walk will be even bigger and better.”

Joe Underhill, 22, from Dorchester, took part in the walk. He said: “It’s a local charity that has a strong association with our club. I think most people know someone who has been affected by cancer.”

Joe added that it was “nice to show support” to Weymouth Rugby Club after the death of former captain Julian Quick.

“I personally have raised about £100,” said Joe. “It’s been a good first event and there’s definitely been a great atmosphere. It’d be good to get more people on board next year.

Rob Williams, also from Dorchester, said: “It’s been very good fun. Weldmar is a very good cause.

“It’s nice to see both rugby clubs together supporting the charity. It’s all been very good and I hope next year gets more people out.”

The only downside of the day was witnessing England lose to Ireland in the Six Nations although they were crowned champions.