A MARATHON walk around scenic South Oxfordshire will raise funds for two Oxfordshire charities – Maggie's cancer care centre in Oxford and Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.

The 26-mile WalkWithMe event will start and finish at Moulsford School near Wallingford on Sunday, May 13.

The route will take walkers through some 'stunning' South Oxfordshire countryside, including the banks of the River Thames and a section of the historic Ridgeway.

Walkers can take part for a suggested donation of £50.

The walk, now in its eighth year, is organised by a group of Oxfordshire residents to raise money for charity.

To date is has raised £360,000 for a variety of national and local good causes.

The team chose the Sue Ryder hospice for 2018 in honour of former team member Olivia Alderson who passed away there in 2016 after a seven-year battle with cancer.

Team member Clare Hobbs, meanwhile, is a trustee of the Maggie’s centre in Oxford.

Annie Smith, a member of the team, commented: "It’s a privilege to work with the WalkWithMe team.

"We are committed volunteers with the aim of organising a fun, relaxed and enjoyable challenge, albeit a long one.

"WalkWithMe has sparked people’s desire to fundraise for very special causes and at the same time inspired them to get together, get fit and make a difference."

Maggie’s, built in the grounds of Oxford's Churchill hospital, provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.

Sue Ryder's Nettlebed Hospice provide hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis, ranging from practical health and legal advice to emotional support.

To find out more about this year's walk and sign up to join in go to walkwithme2018.com