Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices have announced details of the 12th annual Clarendon Way Walk.
The 26 mile walk will take place on Sunday 3rd June, with walkers making their way from Winchester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral. A 12 mile route is also available from the village of Broughton.
Staff at the hospices say the event is already proving extremely popular with more than 200 past participants and new supporters having already signed up for the marathon walk and to help the hospices celebrate their 21st anniversary.
Keith Wilson, spokesman at Naomi House & Jacksplace, commented: “The Clarendon Way Walk continues to grow in popularity and we intend to ensure the event is the best it can be in this our 21st year. Walkers can expect beautiful scenery, great comradeship, fabulous organisation and more than a few surprises. We hope the event will raise enough money to fund more than 7,000 hours of high quality nursing care so desperately needed by local children, young people and their families. It’s a challenging but enjoyable event, and a great way to get fit and explore some of Hampshire and Wiltshire’s most beautiful countryside.”
More than 1,000 people took on the Clarendon Way Walk in 2017, raising over £100,000 between them. The walk passes through Winchester’s picturesque Farley Mount Country Park, the villages of King’s Somborne, Houghton, Broughton, Winterslow and Pitton before passing close to the site of Clarendon Palace on the approach to Salisbury and the Cathedral’s towering spire.
Cally Searle, from Southampton, has completed the Clarendon Way Walk 7 times and has vowed to return in 2018 in her bid to walk 500 miles for the hospices throughout their 21st anniversary year. She said, “That first year I completed the walk in about 8 hours and had a blast, I was hooked. Since then I’ve completed the walk 6 more times. I’ve walked in blistering heat, pouring rain and everything in between. I’ve walked with friends, with my dog and on my own but the one thing that never changes is the amazing atmosphere. From the Naomi House staff, to the volunteers, to the members of the army who marshal the route there is always a smile and an encouraging word. I’ve met wonderful people every time and have stayed in touch with a few. On every walk there’s a point where it hurts, mentally it’s a struggle but the one thing that gets me through is knowing when I cross that finish line I’ll collect my medal and no one will ever be able to take that achievement away from me.”
Naomi House & Jacksplace currently care for more than 325 children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The charity offers the only comprehensive and 24 hour hospice service locally and has cared for 1,144 of the region’s most medically complex youngsters since opening its doors in 1997.
Discounted entry is available for a limited time only. Places cost £15 for an adult and £10 for a child for a limited time only. Participants will be given a limited edition T-shirt and medal upon completion of the trek.
To join the 210 people who have already secured a place in the 2018 Clarendon Way Walk, please visit www.naomihouse.org.uk.