Great turnout for our Five Valleys Walk

29th September 2016

Over 1,600 walkers, and hundreds of dogs, braved the unpredictable weather to enjoy the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside last Sunday (25 September) for our 2016 Steppes Travel Five Valleys Walk

Five Valleys Walk

After a wet start the day brightened and the Cotswold hills and valleys were speckled in the bright orange of our corporate colour for the 29th annual walking of the 21–mile route.

Our event organiser Laura Gibbs said: “People came out in force to help us mark our 30th anniversary this year – it made for a lovely day for everyone taking part and a fantastic awareness and fundraising day for us.”

“Thank you to everybody who joined in and helped us raise the vital funds we need to continue our lifesaving and life-changing work, and all the volunteers who helped out and made the day run so smoothly.”

Lovely memories

“I hope all the walkers have taken away some lovely memories from the day and been inspired to come back again next year – put the date in your diary now, Sunday 24 September 2017. If you sign up before 16 December you’ll be in with a chance to win a fantastic lunch for two at the Painswick, part of the Calcot Collection.”

We’re still collecting sponsorship money but are confident that walkers will have raised over £30,000 for our work raising awareness, funding research and supporting everyone affected by meningitis.

Everyone who raised or donated £30 by 19 September 2016 was sent a token to redeem against a drink generously donated by Stroud Brewery. Those who signed up to take part by that date were also entered into a competition to win a signed Gloucester rugby shirt or a Microsoft tablet, and the walk’s top fundraiser will win a fantastic balloon flight, courtesy of Bristol Balloons.

Our chief executive, Liz Brown, said: “This has been my first experience of the Five Valleys Walk, and what an enjoyable day it was. It was wonderful to meet so many supporters.” 

“In particular I’m grateful to the sponsors who have helped make this year’s walk in our 30th anniversary year such a success, including Steppes Travel, Stagecoach West, Stroud Brewery, National Trust, Lister Unified Communications, Connexus, Attwoolls, Angel and Renishaw.”

Five Valleys Walk

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