Staff at Naomi House & Jacksplace are busily preparing to stage one of the UK’s first major fundraising events since the Coronavirus pandemic hit.
The charity’s flagship event, The Clarendon Way Walk, will take place on 13th September. The event was due to take place in June but was postponed. The hospice’s fundraising team have been working hard to ensure the event is safe and socially distanced.
Measures put in place include the professional electrostatic sanitisation of high traffic elements of the walk, including toilets and rest stops, as well as incorporating a staggered start. The charity has been forced to cancel the new 52 mile ultra-distance walk and 26 mile night walk variants for the 2020 event but says these will return in 2021.
The 26 mile walk from Winchester to Salisbury Cathedral, or 12 mile alternative from Broughton, regularly raises in more than £100,000 to support the region’s life limited children and young adults. The event is only possible thanks to the support of hundreds of volunteers, principally staff and recruits from the Army Training Regiment based at Worthy Down, Winchester.
350 walkers will leave Winchester early on Sunday 13th September and are expected to reach Salisbury Cathedral in the afternoon.
Keith Wilson, Head of Marketing at Naomi House & Jacksplace said:
Naomi House & Jacksplace is well known for its quality fundraising events, and we have desperately missed the buzz, excitement and camaraderie of events like the Clarendon Way Walk throughout lockdown. We are delighted to now be able to host this major event in a safe and socially distanced manner and are enormously grateful to everyone who made this possible, especially our friends at ATR Winchester and cleaning partners, ElectroClean. It is not too late to sign up to this challenging but brilliant event, and we can’t wait to cheer hundreds of our fabulous supporters across the finish line in Salisbury.
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide respite, emergency, end of life and bereavement support to hundreds of children and young adults with life threatening and life limiting conditions in Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The hospices, located near Winchester, offer 24-hour care to the region’s most medically vulnerable youngsters. The hospices have now reopened to provide planned respite care after altering its service to free-up NHS beds during the worst of the pandemic.
The charity needs to raise £9.2 million annually to provide a complete service. With events postponed and shops closed, the charity’s fundraising efforts have been severely hampered since March. To sign up for the Clarendon Way Walk, visit www.naomihouse.org.uk/walk