Walking In Their Shoes 2017
Embrace the cold – so they won’t have to
Embrace the cold – so they won’t have to
LONDON – Richmond Park – 25.02.17
BRADFORD – Bolton Abbey – 04.02.17
Five miles towards warmer homes and hearts this Winter
Calling all brave souls and generous hearts: wrap up warm, defy the wintry chills and don your best walking shoes to take on our 5 mile challenge,Walking in Their Shoes.
Now in its fourth year, the annual HHUGS Winter Walk is back, bigger than ever, to provide relief for some of the UK’s most vulnerable families this Winter. 2017 will see us return to one of London’s most beautiful parks as well as enticing our Northern supporters with more of Yorkshire’s breath-taking and most spectacular scenery.
Your efforts can provide a world of difference for HHUGS families (children and elderly at the forefront) who struggle to survive through harsh winters on bare basics. As temperatures plummet,your footsteps couldbe what standbetween a family and freezing this Winter. A mere five miles and an enjoyable day out for all the family!
Location: Richmond Park, Queens Road, Richmond upon Thames, KT2 5JN
Date:Saturday 25th February, 2017, 10.30am
Deadline for registration: Sunday 19th February, midnight 2017
Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6AL
Date: Saturday 4th February 2017, 10am
Deadline for registration: Wednesday 1st February, midnight 2017
Details:Distance: 5 miles
Approximate time for completion: 2 – 3.5 hours
£7 Junior (3-12 yrs)
Under 3’s free
Sponsorship Target: £150
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
I want to do this! How do I register?
Simply fill out our online application form here and you are on your way! Included here are some essential fundraising tips and the all-important FAQ.
The fruit of your footsteps- Your efforts will ensure we can provide:
- Essential winter clothing for children
- Paying gas and heating bills for families who are unable to cover basic costs
- Provide essential necessities such as groceries and household maintenance
- Alleviate families with mounting debts and arrears for those on the verge of having their energy supplies cut off.
- Shelter families through the harsh Winter by covering their rent
What is the Walking in their Shoes Challenge? Where is it happening?
It is a stunning 5 mile Winter Walk taking place across 2 major cities. This is in support of the families of prisoners of the 'War on Terror' to stay warm, healthy and safe this winter.
The London walk is around Richmond Park, the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London.
Known for its breath taking views of nature and wildlife, including red and fallow deer and parakeets, it is a National Nature Reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.
The Bradford walk will be held in Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire's best day out. Its landscape is the "jewel in the crown" of Yorkshire's many landscapes, and the 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, a landscape of history and legend with the Priory ruins, woodland, moorland paths and a walk along the riverside.
How do I get there?
Richmond Park is accessible by public transport and there is car park facility available.By Car:
The postcode for the park is TW10 5HS. The postcode is for guidance only as the park covers a large area, thus please follow directions to Kingston Gate.
Plan your journey using public transport by visiting the Transport for London website .
Norbiton Station - Overground. This is a 15 minute walk from Kingston Gate.
Richmond Station - British Rail and District Line.
Take the 371 from Richmond Station to Wyndham Road (37 minutes) and a 4 minute walk to Kingston Gate.
65 buses are available from the station to the Richmond Gate within the park.
· 190 Hammersmith - Richmond
· 391 Hammersmith - Richmond
· 419 Hammersmith - Richmond
· R68 Bushy Park and Richmond
· 33 Hammersmith - Richmond
· 337 Richmond - Clapham Junction
· 485 Richmond - Wandsworth
· 85/N85 Putney - Kingston
· 265 Putney - Tolworth
· K3 Roehampton Plough - Esher
· 72 Roehampton - East Acton
· 493 Richmond - Tooting
· 65 Kingston - Ealing Broadway
· 371 Kingston - Richmond
If you are meeting us in the Park then please meet at the Kingston Gate car park.
For those travelling by train we will have volunteers at Richmond Park Station for 10am sharp, and go to Kingston Gate entrance together.
For those who wish to walk from Norbiton Station we will have volunteers waiting to guide you at 10.15am sharp.
If you would like to meet us at either of the above stations, please indicate this on the registration form.
Bolton Abbey is located just off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate, easily accessible from major roads and railways. If you are using a satellite navigation system, please use the post code BD23 6EX. This brings you to Bolton Abbey village for access to Priory Church & ruins and walks to the riverside. The Riverside car park adjacent to the river Wharfe and designated barbeque area, close to the Cavendish Pavilion and entrance to Strid Wood is the closest to the starting point of the walk. For satellite navigation BD23 6AN. Parking is £8 per vehicle. There are two other car parks in the estate.
If you would like to travel to Bolton Abbey from Bradford with HHUGS by minibus please indicate this at the time of registration.By public transport:
- 7 miles from Skipton (10 minutes travel time)
- 17 miles from Harrogate (30 minutes travel time)
- 19 miles from Bradford (50 minutes travel time)
- 23 miles from Leeds (60 minutes travel time)
- 51 miles from Manchester (1 hour 30 minutes)
Pride of the Dales service 74 from Ilkley and Grassington (Saturdays)
All these services also stop at Bolton Bridge (Devonshire Arms), Bolton Abbey Village Green and Strid Wood.
For timetable information visit www.dalesbus.org
Visitors arriving on bus 74 to Bolton Abbey can alight at the Village Green, from here there is access by foot to the Priory Church & Ruins and wider estate.
The closest National Network stations are Skipton or Ilkley. On arrival at these stations we advise you take a taxi to Bolton Abbey.
Who can take part in the Winter Walk?
Absolutely anyone who is fit and able to walk can participate in our Walk for Warmer HHUGS. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. The event is open to both individuals and groups, so please invite your friends, families, neighbours and colleagues to join you. If you're part of a Scout, youth group or school why not get your colleagues involved?
For Bolton Abbey, we will have a separate route that is pram/push-chair and wheelchair access friendly. Pre-booked electric mobility scooters are available to hire between April and October from the Village or Cavendish Gift Shops. Manual wheelchairs are available all year round. To pre-book, contact 01756 718009 during office hours or 01756 710663 at weekends.
How fit do I need to be?
What should I wear?
Are the walking routes difficult?
How would I know what route to take? And what if I get lost or injured along during the Walk?
What should I bring with me?
What do I do when I arrive to the event?
My family are not participating, but can they come to the Winter Walk?
Of course your family can come! This is a family event; their support will encourage your participation, and it would be great to see them waiting for you at the finishing point. There are facilities for your family and friends to enjoy, while they wait for you to complete your walk.Richmond Park:
- Roehampton Café - Serving a range of snack and drinks with indoor and outdoor seating
- Pembroke Lodge - Situated at the highest point in Richmond Park providing classic and contemporary English refreshments.
- Kingston Gate Playground - Designed for children under 5 years old
- Petersham Gate Playground - designed for children of all ages.
- Isabella Planation - An ornamental woodland garden full of exotic plants, access via Broomfield Hill car park
- Cavendish Pavilion
- Tea Cottage
- Abbey Tea Rooms
- Buffers Coffee Shop
- Strid Wood Tea Rooms
- Devonshire Brasserie
- Burlington Restaurant
- The Devonshire Fell
- Tea on the Green
- Priory Church and Ruins
- Strid Wood and the Strid
- Stepping Stones
- Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat
How much do I need to fundraise?
We ask all participants to fundraise an additional £150. We are confident however that with a little effort, participants can easily raise far more than the minimum £150 target!
Is there a deadline to pay the registration fee?
have never fundraised before, where do I start?
I cannot make it to London or Bradford, can I organise my own Walking in Their Shoes Event?
Please contact us thus we can advise you thus you can have a safe and enjoyable walk for HHUGS. There will be no registration fee in this case. We can still create a JustGiving page for you if required.
Will there be an area to perform prayer?
Is this event suitable for children?
How will the money I raise be utilised?
There are many ways to fundraise and when you sign up to the Winter Walk, we will share our great ideas and we are always at hand to give you further
Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they're online, so you don't have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. Or why not create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!
To create your page
- Visit www.justgiving.com or btmydonate.com or CharityChoice
- Click on Make Your Page
- Search and select HHUGS
- Follow the simple step-by-step instructions
- Share it with others easily via email, Facebook, twitter, text.
- Why not set up a text code too so that your friends and family can donate towards your walk with a simple SMS! Follow this link for instructions https://justgiving.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200669481-Setting-up-your-text-code
- Once you have made your page don't forget to send us the link by emailing email@example.com
- Contact your local mosque or circle to support you by making an announcement of the event and help you to fundraise.
- Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend
- Distribute leaflets to raise awareness amongst family and friends
- Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising
- Visit your local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you
- We will send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work and even at the till of a shop, restaurant, café or library.
- Get your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved.
- Use our Sponsorship Form to help you raise funds
- Use Facebook to promote your walk, through status updates, posting photos during the walk, making videos, sending messages and creating groups and event pages to encourage others to attend!
- Break your target down into smaller amounts - e.g. 15 friends to give £10 and you've hit your target in no time!
- If that doesn't work for you try daily targets on social media e.g. help me reach £10 today (5 people to give £2 via text); weekly ones e.g. £25 a week - in six weeks you will have reached your target.
- Use the images we send you to promote your walk and fundraising on your own social media page and on WhatsApp.
UK tax payers can make their donation go further. The government will give a further 25% of your donation to the charity,
and it doesn't cost you or your sponsors a thing. So remind all your tax paying sponsors to tick the gift aid box - this includes those who
are giving cash or cheques, if they are using the sponsorship form.
Without a declaration we won't be able to claim the Gift Aid on donations towards your sponsorship!
Remember, HHUGS are here to help by sending you leaflets, collection buckets and sponsorship forms so you can kick start your fundraising!
Your own fundraising pages
If you have set up your own page, please send us the website address. Thereafter, there isn't anything further you need to do as your donation page will transfer the money directly to HHUGS bank account on a weekly basis.
Our JustGiving Page
You can also donate on the official HHUGS Winter Campaign Page with 'Winter Walk [Your Name]' as a reference. http://www.hhugs.org.uk/WARMHHUGS
Cheque or Postal Order
Cheque or Postal Orders should be made payable to 'HHUGS' with reference 'Winter Walk [Your Name]' and sent to: HHUGS, Office 36, 80-90 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8PN
HHUGS Al Rayan Bank Sort Code: 30-00-83 Account number: 01269701 With the reference 'Winter Walk [Your Name]'
- Call us on 0207 733 2104 during working hours to pay your sponsorship by card.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
- Pre-event registration is essential.
- You must undertake to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship money for HHUGS.
- A registration fee of £12 for adults and £7 for children under 13 needs to be paid by Sunday 19h February for London and Wednesday 1st February for Bradford.
- All funds raised through the event must be payable to HHUGS.
- If you are unable to take up your place for the Winter Walk, all sponsorship forms and sponsorship monies collected should be forwarded to HHUGS or returned to your sponsors.
- Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants take part at their own risk. If you have any medical conditions, please seek advice from your GP before embarking on this Winter Walk.
- We reserve the right to stop any participant from walking for health and safety reasons, or due to any incident of misbehaviour.
- You consent to HHUGS contacting you via telephone, letter or e-mail for any matter relating to your fundraising and your participation in this event.
- You agree to HHUGS storing information provided by you on our database.
- You give HHUGS permission to use any photographs/videos taken of you, to raise awareness and/or money for HHUGS. If you do not wish for your picture to be taken, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
- HHUGS discourages aggressive techniques to gain sponsorship and requests all fundraisers to ensure compliance with legal, health and safety standards.