Local businesses, Kier Construction and M J Church are lead sponsors for our Walk of Life event, a 26.2 mile walking event which raises funds for the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath.

This year’s Walk of Life takes place on Saturday 12 May and starts in Bishops Cannings, finishing in Bath, taking walkers along the Kennet and Avon Canal. There’s also an option for people to walk a 10 mile distance from Bradford on Avon to Bath in the afternoon.

Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“The Walk of Life is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life and memories of loved ones and we’re thrilled to have support from M J Church and Kier Construction as it’s a huge event for us to manage with the number of participants growing each year.

“As well as being sponsors and providing transport and porter loos, staff from both companies will be volunteering on the day to guide our walkers along the route. They’ve also entered teams in our corporate challenge; helping to raise further funds for the Appeal, so we can’t thank them enough for their support. We hope to see another sell-out year, smashing last year’s total for patient care at the RUH.”

Carol Heneghan, Marketing Manager, M J Church said:

“We are very pleased to be joint sponsors for the Walk of Life event. Our corporate challenge team will be raising funds for the new Cancer centre as it’s a cause close to our hearts. A family member, friend colleague and longtime supporter of the Appeal sadly passed away last year. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and we want to continue fundraising for the Cancer centre in his memory.”

David Snell, Operations Director, Kier Construction said:

“We are pleased to be able to lend our support again to this year’s Walk of Life.  Visitors to the hospital will know that we are in the process of constructing the new Therapies Centre and our site team, along with many other staff, will be taking part in the Walk of Life event.”

Along with general entry places, local businesses can sign up for the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge offering colleagues, clients and suppliers a unique team building opportunity to fundraise together. The Walk already has over 120 people registered for this year’s event with a limited number of spaces; we would like to encourage interested walkers to sign up on our website as soon as possible.

General entry places and corporate challenge places cost £20 and everyone who signs up will receive a   t-shirt, medal and refreshments along the way. Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis CBE will be there to officially mark the start of this year’s Walk of Life in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes.