A POPULAR fundraiser from Didcot took on a charity walk through the town to raise vital funds for a children’s hospital and brain injury charity.

Andrew Baker, founder of Play2Give, which for nine years has helped raise money for Oxford Children’s Hospital and Headway Oxford, took on the six-mile Didcot Summer Stroll, with a small group on Sunday.

Despite still suffering neurological symptoms from a brain injury at birth, the 28-year-old said his determination, coupled with encouragement from fellow walkers, helped him persevere and complete the challenge.

Mr Baker, of Great Western Drive, told the Oxford Mail: “It was a really nice atmosphere. I enjoyed the walk.

“I find walking quite hard because of my condition so it was a challenge for me, but I was determined to do it and I’m proud of myself for completing it.

“It was a small group but we were able to support and encourage each other so it was really nice. Both of the charities are very close to my heart. It’s a team effort and we just try and raise as much as we can.”

The walk started at Sainsbury’s at the Orchard Centre at midday, with the walkers making their way to Upton where they enjoyed a halfway break at the George and Dragon before returning to the supermarket later in the afternoon.

Money was raised through sponsorships and cash collected on the day. Donations are still being rounded up but are expected to reach a total of more than £300.

Mr Baker extended a special thank you to Sainsbury’s in Didcot, who have supported Play2Give over the past three years, helping raise more than £4,000 for the cause.

Play2Give was the supermarket’s charity of the year from July 2014 for a year.

Started in 2007, it has donated more than £47,000 to a range of charities in the area, including more than £37,000 to the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

In November last year, the charity won the Best Fundraising Award at the Didcot Business and Community Awards 2015.

Find out more at play2give.org.uk