It was a lovely, bright autumn day and perfect conditions for a walk. And clearly many of you agreed, with over 600 signing up in advance and hundreds more turning up on the day to take part in our Five Valleys Walk – back after a two-year break
Walkers were in high spirits and seemed genuinely pleased to be back taking on the 21-mile route, or parts of it, around the five valleys surrounding our head office in Stroud.
And we’re really grateful to all of you who did. Your donations will help provide practical and emotional support to families and individuals, whose lives have been affected by meningitis, right across the UK.
Lots of lovely dogs
Kat Hollywell, Meningitis Now Fundraising Officer who organised the day, said: “It was so lovely to see so many people out and about enjoying the walk in the beautiful countryside yesterday, and to see so many fabulous dogs taking part too.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who turned out yesterday to help us raise awareness of meningitis and funds to combat it – it’s events like this that enable us to make such a difference to those who need us.
“I’d also like to thank the many volunteers who helped us again this year, running the checkpoints, providing food and drink to the walkers as they made their way round and generally ensuring everything ran smoothly – we couldn’t put on the event without you.
“And, last but not least, all the local organisations and sponsors who get behind the event – including Stroud Cricket Club, Renishaw, Stagecoach, Water logic, Wheatley Printers Ltd, Altripan UK Ltd and so many more who contribute so much to its success.”
Sponsorship money still has to be collected and counted but it is hoped the walk will raise £30,000 to help Meningitis Now continue its fight.
“Anybody who had hoped to come along but wasn’t able to join us can still donate to our lifesaving and life-changing research, awareness and support work on our website" Kat added.
“And we’re already looking forward to next year’s walk, where we hope you’ll all be back for more.”