Two High Sheriffs are going head to head as they battle it out to raise money for a Sutton Scotney hospice.

The High Sheriffs of Wiltshire and Hampshire, Sir Charles Hobhouse Bt. and Philip Sykes, are to take part in the Clarendon Way Walk to raise “vital funds” for Naomi House & Jacksplace. The attempt came about as a result of a challenge from Sir Charles to Philip.

Phillip said: “I have been challenged by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire to walk the Clarendon Way from Winchester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral in aid of Naomi House & Jacksplace. I’m now in training for September 12.”

The office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political, royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the 'Shire Reeve' was responsible to the monarch for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

They continue to be the monarch’s representative for law and order matters in counties to this day, but also support a variety of other causes. The appointment is honorary and there is no payment for the role, although certain people – MPs, Lords, serving members of the armed forces, and certain government officials - are disqualified from taking office.

Both High Sheriffs arrived in their traditional regalia – known as court dress – as well as with their ceremonial swords. They will be taking the Clarendon Way as part of the challenge, a historic path from Winchester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral.

The funds from their challenge will go towards Naomi House & Jacksplace’s work, so that they can continue to support the life limited and life threatened children and young people who use their services.

Other walks are available for members of the public as part of the challenge, which is taking place between September 11 and 12. For more information, visit: