Almost 500 people joined us and took part in this year’s Walk of Life event on Saturday 12 May. It was a fantastic day – the weather conditions were perfect; not too hot or cold and the rain stayed away.

Glastonbury festival founder, Michael Eavis cut the ribbon at the start of the walk in Bishop Cannings, near Devizes.

At Bradford on Avon, the Mayor and Ali Vowles from BBC Wiltshire Radio wished the 10 mile walkers the best of luck on their way to Bath.

The Mayor of Bath joined us to help hand out some of the finisher medals at the Holbourne Museum in Bath.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped us on the day as we couldn’t have done it without you. I’d also like to thank our sponsors of the ‘Goodness stops’ who were handing out well earnt treats and refreshments and the public who cheered our walkers on to keep going.

“It’s been lovely to read the comments on our social media and it’s was clear to see how much the day meant to so many of our walkers. We’ve calculated that over 8,200 miles were walked along the canal in support of RUH patients.”

Walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £100 for RUH patients and their families and they could choose where their fundraising goes; either to the Cancer Care campaign, new Therapies Centre or another area in the RUH.

This year’s Walk of Life event has already raised a huge amount and once people have paid in their sponsorship, we’ll announce the total in coming weeks, so watch this space.