FUNDRAISERS at Naomi House & Jacksplace, the hospice charity for children and young adults across the Wessex region, have successfully and safely staged one of the year’s few ‘real’ mass-participation events, raising in excess of £75,000.
The 26 mile Clarendon Way Walk took place on 13th September with 300 trekkers making their way from Winchester to Salisbury Cathedral.
The charity says they implemented unprecedented measures to keep participants safe while still ensuring a successful and enjoyable event.
Among other things, the staff at the hospices cleaned all buildings and equipment with electrostatically charged sanitising solution, ensuring it remained virus-free for long periods of time. Staggered starts, free hand sanitiser and free branded buffs which could double as face masks also added to COVID-security measures. Areas of high traffic were designated mandatory mask-wearing sites.
The charity Event Fundraiser at the hospices, Charlotte Patrick, said:
“The Clarendon Way Walk is our biggest and longest-running event and although we were forced to postpone, we knew that cancelling was simply unthinkable. Our team and partners moved heaven and earth to stage this event on in a safe and sanitised way, and feedback from supporters has been superb. We are confident we have found the model for staging brilliant real events while prioritising the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. We hope to recreate this success at our forthcoming Winchester Santa Fun Run.”
Key to the event’s success was volunteers from the Army Training Regiment (Winchester), who lined the 26-mile route to offer encouragement and ensure social distancing guidelines were observed.
The Clarendon Way Walk has taken place every year for more than 13 years, with some supporters having taken part 10 or more times.
For more information on Naomi House & Jacksplace, please visit: www.naomihouse.org.uk.