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Walk­ers raise record £35k to aid home­less

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Walk­ers have raised a record-break­ing £35,000 with their lat­est trek around Bath’s coun­try­side.

The spon­sored cir­cu­lar walk, which cel­e­brated its 19th year, saw fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues tak­ing in Bath’s coun­try­side and sur­round­ing vil­lages.

Most of the 450 peo­ple who took part on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27 com­pleted the full 20-mile route to raise vi­tal funds for Ju­lian House.

Se­nior com­mu­nity and events fundraiser Jes­sica Gay said: “We are so pleased that so many peo­ple took part in the event and the 20-mile walk­ing chal­lenge.

“This year has been so dif­fi­cult for many, and for that rea­son, we are even more grate­ful to see such sup­port.

“Due to coro­n­avirus, Ju­lian House has had to can­cel or post­pone all of our other fundrais­ing events for the year and un­til re­cently we had closed our char­ity shops and bike work­shops, which will re­sult in a mas­sive loss of over £200,000 to our in­come.

“This year we put in many es­sen­tial

Covid mea­sures to keep our walk­ers, vol­un­teers and staff safe dur­ing the event and we are pleased it ran very smoothly and par­tic­i­pants re­ally en­joyed the day.

“We had bril­liant sup­port from fam­i­lies, and friends in their sup­port bubbles, as well as those from lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing col­leagues from Ac­tual Ex­pe­ri­ence, MEA Con­sult and Bris­tol Univer­sity Press, who were tak­ing part with col­leagues that they haven’t seen for six months.”

Mark Saint, di­rec­tor at MEA, said: “In a first-world econ­omy/coun­try, hous­ing should be a hu­man right. The sys­tem has failed and, sadly, we see ev­i­dence of that ev­ery day in Bath.

“The work of Ju­lian House in sup­port­ing th­ese in­di­vid­u­als is com­mend­able.”

Jes­sica said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment that 80 per cent of all who at­tended com­pleted the full 20 miles! But no mat­ter what dis­tance they com­pleted; it was the tak­ing part that re­ally mat­tered. Be­cause of that, to­gether they have raised an amaz­ing £35,000!

“This is a record fig­ure for our Cir­cuit of Bath Walk and will make a huge dif­fer­ence in help­ing keep our life­sav­ing ser­vices run­ning.”

 ?? Pic: Clare Green ?? Walk­ers who took part in the spon­sored cir­cu­lar walk around Bath’s coun­try­side
Pic: Clare Green Walk­ers who took part in the spon­sored cir­cu­lar walk around Bath’s coun­try­side

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