‘Anglo-Saxons’ back Celebrating 175 Years campaign

A huge thank you to members of Herigeas Hundas, an Anglo-Saxon re-enactment group, whose sponsored walk has raised more than £500 for our Celebrating 175 Years campaign.

Dressed in authentic Anglo-Saxon clothing, including footwear, they climbed up and down Kingley Vale, near Chichester, on a warm July Sunday. Several marched in full combat gear, with helmets, shields and heavy 18kg mail shirts.

Group spokesperson Jen Atkinson said: “One of the additional effects of the terrible COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, is that heritage sites and tourist attractions have been struggling to survive in these difficult times. When our group members heard about the urgent fundraising appeal for the archaeological society’s Celebrating 175 campaign, we decided we wanted to do what we could to help.”

Jen added: ‘It was a warm morning and the hills were definitely hard work, especially for the guys in amour and with shields, but we were rewarded with stunning views at the top, pausing for a well-deserved rest on the Devil’s Hump.

“We are thrilled to have raised more than  £500 so far for struggling local heritage sites.”

The Hampshire-based group will be doing a second walk in August. Meanwhile, you can follow their news by searching for Herigeas Hundas on Facebook and Instagram.

And there is still time to donate on their TotalGiving page.