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HHUGS Annual Winter Walk 2018

Embrace the cold so, they wont have to

HALIFAX – Ogden Water Park – Saturday, 24th February 2018, 11am

LONDON – Hyde Park – Saturday, 24th February 2018, 11 am

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.


Halifax Registration


Now in its fifth year, the annual HHUGS Winter Walk is back! 2018 sees us return to the heart of central London, Hyde Park, along with the scenic views of Ogden Water Country Park for those in the North of the country. We invite you to wrap up warm, put on your best shoes, and walk 5 miles in aid of some of the UK’s most vulnerable families.

For the past five years, we have come together to brave the winter chill, all in aid of HHUGS families. Through your amazing efforts you have:

  • Provided warm clothing
  • Paid for gas and heating bills for those unable to cover basic costs
  • Sheltered families through the harsh winter by covering their rent
  • Provided essential necessities such as groceries and household maintenance


In Winter, they send us vouchers for clothing and sent us duvets to keep us warm. Allah knows the difference that HHUGS made to my life.”


This year, with a record number of arrests, a growing number of affected families and rising poverty in the UK, we want our fifth Annual Winter Walk to be bigger and better than ever! With our current constraints on funding, your efforts on the day are critical to provide vulnerable families with the support they desperately need in this trying winter period. So bring friends and family a long, strap up your walking boots and join us for a 5 mile walk and an enjoyable day out for all the family.



Location: Hyde Park, London

Date: Saturday, 24th February 2018, 11am

Deadline for registration:   Sunday 19th February, midnight 2018

Registration Fee: £10 Adult /£5 Junior/ Under 3’s free

Sponsorship Target: £150

All Welcome

* Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


Location: Ogden Water Park, Halifax

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018, 11am

Deadline for registration: Wednesday 21st February, midnight 2018

Distance: 5 miles

Approximate time for completion: 2 – 3.5 hours

Registration Fee: £10 Adult /£5 Junior/ Under 3’s free

Sponsorship Target: : £100

All Welcome

* 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


They helped me with rent payments, without which we would be homeless. They paid for food and winter clothing. I had so much debt when I contacted HHUGS but they helped me pay off my rent arrears, my water bill and my council tax arrears, which lifted a huge burden off my shoulders."




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 Hyde Park one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London.

For our supporters in Lancashire and Yorkshire we’ll be walking in Ogden Water Country Park in Halifax. This local nature reserve has an abundance of nature viewing opportunities, overlooking beautiful views around and across the lake. There are plenty of woodland walks where you and the family can discover local wildlife and let the sound of the trees rustling in the wind around you soothe your busy mind.

How do I get there?

Hyde Park is very accessible by tubes and buses and there are car parking facilities available nearby.
By Car:
The postcode for the park is W2 2UH. The postcode is for guidance only as the park covers a large area.

By Tube/ Train
Nearest tube stations: Hyde Park Corner served by the Piccadilly line. Green Park served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Line Bus routes: 9, 10, 52 all stops near Queen Elizabeth Gate

Ogden Water Country Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve is located 4 miles North of Halifax, on the A629 Keighley Road. Turn along Ogden Lane, follow this along and then head right into the car parks at the end.

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 Ogden Water, we will have a separate route that is pram/push-chair and wheelchair access friendly.

How fit do I need to be?

You will be walking 5 miles around a public park for 2 - 3.5 hours. People of all fitness levels are welcome to the challenge, and hence why people are willing to sponsor you to do the walk. If you have any medical conditions, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers are advisable), warm and waterproof clothing.

Are the walking routes difficult?

The routes are generally gentle to stroll through and trouble-free. Risk assessments have been conducted and stewards will be informed on the day of any spots which require attention.

How would I know what route to take? And what if I get lost or injured along during the Walk?

Prior to the walk, we will have a group event briefing and you will receive a route map with details of what to do in the unlikely event of getting lost and injured. There will also be HHUGS volunteers and qualified First Aid representatives to help you along your walk.

What should I bring with me?

Bring a water proof jacket and/or umbrella, a water bottle and a fully charged mobile phone. Lunch will be provided during the walk.

What do I do when I arrive to the event?

Upon arrival, you will need to register at the Registration Desk in the ... There you will be issued with a map of the route and other items.

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.
Hyde Park
  • Serpentine kitchen
  • Lido café

Ogden Water
  • Café and Visitor Centre

How much do I need to fundraise?

We ask each adults participant to pay £10 and each child (12 and under) to pay £5 for a registration fee (which includes light refreshments).

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?

Yes, your registration fee of £10 for adults and £5 for children at the age of 12 and below must reach us by Wednesday 21st February for Ogden Water and Sunday 19th February for London.

I have never fundraised before, where do I start?

Check out our Fundraising Tips to start you off.

I cannot make it to London or Bradford, can I organise my own Walking in Their Shoes Event?

Of course you can! You are most welcome to organise your own walk with friends, families and colleagues or even by yourself!

Please contact us so 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?

Yes, we will set up a prayer area and ablution can be performed in the WC facilities in the park.

Is this event suitable for children?

Yes, the Hyde Park walk is suitable for children. However, if your child suffers from any health problems, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk. In Ogden Water we will have a separate route for pushchairs.

How will the money I raise be utilised?

The money raised will go towards the cost of winter bills as well as vouchers for warm clothing for our families, as part of our WARM HHUGS Winter campaign. Please visit our website for more details.

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