MARBURY Park is to host a charity walk later this month in support of the Australian bush fire appeal.

Participants will be able to make donations during the walk which will go towards helping the people and animals affected by the blaze.

Fires have spread to multiple Australian states after being fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought.

Some 28 people have lost their lives so far - including four firefighters – as well as an estimated half a billion animals.

“I think most people have been moved by the pictures and stories from Australia, and this walk is a way that we can show we are thinking of our fellow humans and animals,” said organiser Kevin Gleave.

“The scale of the disaster, which has affected millions of animals and thousands of people, is difficult to comprehend, and many people in the UK have strong connections to people in Australia.

“The amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and friendly manor of Australian people means we are upset by the catastrophic images of this natural disaster.

“We can share our thoughts of Australia during the day and raise some money to support charities helping those animal and human casualties of the bushfires.”

The walk will be held on Sunday, January 26, and all are welcome to take part.

Participants can start at any time during the day after 10am, with short, medium and long walking routes available.

Signposts will be placed along routes around Marbury, and the start line will be set up in front of the ranger’s office.

Photography and tombola stalls will be available, and all funds raised will go towards animal and human relief charities set up because of the bush fires.