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Well done and thank you! - Walk the Wight 2017

Photo: Keith Johnson

Extraordinary and inspiring – that’s the message from Walk the Wight organisers who have been overwhelmed with the turn out and support for yesterday’s iconic Earl Mountbatten Hospice fundraiser (Sunday, 14 May 2017).
Figures so far show that over 8,200 men, women, children and dogs took part; numbers were boosted by just under 1,000 people who registered on the day itself. Last year, around 7,500 took part in the annual event.
Early morning drizzle gave way to glorious blue skies to provide perfect conditions for the five different walks available to the participants and a steady stream of walkers wearing yellow Walk the Wight T-shirts marched across the magnificent countryside. Among those taking part were a Snow White with her full complement of dwarves, a hen party in full bridal regalia, stilt walkers and a number of superheroes! Many walkers had very personal reasons for taking part, remembering loved ones who had been cared for by Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
In recognition of the hospice’s 35th anniversary year, special flags bearing the hospice’s logo made an impressive impact as they were carried along the routes. Nursing staff flew a flag along the Flat Walk, two schoolchildren each carried a flag along with them during the Schools Walk and Chief Executive Nigel Hartley proudly carried a flag along the full 26.5 miles from Bembridge to Alum Bay.
Jax Jones, Major Events Fundraiser and Walk the Wight organiser, said: “It has been an awesome and emotional day, and we’re really proud of everyone who stepped out in support of the hospice. Organising Walk the Wight takes all year and can’t be achieved without the support of so many people, witnessing the event finally come together on the day is inspirational!”
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, who walked the entire 26.5 miles said: “It’s been extraordinary, exhilarating and painful in places! It’s incredibly humbling to see so many amazing people walk across our beautiful Island in support of patients and their families. Thank you to each and every one of you!”
People are now encouraged to send in their sponsorship money as soon as they can; the final fundraising total will be revealed towards the end of the year, when all sponsorship has been submitted.
Participants can send submit their sponsorship and sponsorship forms by:  
·         Taking it to any hospice shop
·         BACS payment direct to the Walk the Wight account (A/N 1420 5025, S/C 54-10-34) using their walker number as a reference – ESSENTIAL
·         Cheque made payable to ‘Earl Mountbatten Hospice’ posted to EMH, Halberry Lane, Newport, IOW, PO30 2ER
·         Take cash or cheques directly to the Hospice (address same as above) with their sponsorship form
·         Use our Just Giving page with their walker number as reference – ESSENTIAL
In all cases please make sure you return your sponsorship form so we can claim any eligible Gift Aid.

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"It's another's kept me in this world!"


Maureen, Patient