Our annual Five Valleys Walk has been running for 28 years and is one of our most important events, for both fundraising and publicity. It raises more than £60,000 every year, funding vital support for people affected by meningitis and raising life-saving awareness.
Its success wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers.
Here are just some of the ways they help:
- Running checkpoints
- Registering walkers
- Selling refreshments
- Marking route maps
- Offering support and advice
- Monitoring car parks
- Keeping walkers safe
- Counting donations
- Processing registration forms
- Answering enquiries
Stagecoach Bus has supported us since the beginning. They help us prepare and organise the day by running a bus to transfer all the equipment to each checkpoint before the event.
On the day they run a free bus service between checkpoints to pick people up and return them to Stroud or another checkpoint. The walk brings a lot of people to the area and each year over 20 drivers volunteer their time to help out at the walk.
“Our Five Valleys volunteers work tirelessly from early in the morning until the evening. Without them many people would not be able to participate in the walk. Thank you very much to everyone who has ever helped out - your help is vital and we are always grateful to receive it.”
Caroline McDonnell, Fundraising Officer
“It’s great to be able to give something back to the local community, especially when they are raising money for such a fantastic charity”
Jenny Powell, Assistant Operations Manager at Stagecoach Bus
This year’s Five Valleys Walk will take place on Sunday 27 September, find out more here