Early bird places are now open for the popular sponsored canal walk, the Walk of Life, which will take place on Saturday 11 May 2019. Until Monday 3 December, people can book their place at a discounted rate for just £20.

The Walk of Life takes place along the Kennet & Avon Canal and is organised by the Appeal. It started over a decade ago and thousands of people from all across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire have stepped out along the towpath to support patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

This year, 500 people took part, raising an incredible £110,000 which has benefited a variety of wards and departments.

People can choose to take part in either the walking marathon (26.2 miles approx.) from Bishop Cannings, near Devizes to Bath or the afternoon 10 mile walk which joins in Bradford on Avon, before reaching the finish line at the Holbourne Museum, Bath.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer said:

“This year’s Walk of Life is going to be special, as it’s one of our flagship events that will mark our 20 years of fundraising for the RUH. Michael Eavis CBE will also be coming back to officially mark the start of the walk, so we’re inviting people to sign up now.

“Whether you walk in memory of a loved one, to show your support for someone receiving treatment, or simply to take on the challenge, every step will make a huge difference to the hundreds of thousands of patients cared for at the hospital every year. We all may need treatment or care at some point in our lives, whether it is for a medical condition, injury or giving birth and the RUH is there for us, when it matters most.

“By walking and fundraising for the RUH, it means that we can continue to make a real difference to areas within the hospital by funding life-saving equipment, improving the hospital environment and supporting our research department – over and above what the NHS can provide.

“So, please do something amazing – book your place for the Walk of Life and support your local hospital.”

Liz Galpin, 37, from Hilperton who has walked the walk the last few years and will be taking part again next year said:

“Having received amazing treatment and care at the RUH for Breast Cancer and the RNHRD for cancer related fatigue, it has meant that I am here today to enjoy life and be a mum. I walked because it’s an amazing cause to raise money for, as the hospital helped me and will help so many others in the future.  Although the walk requires training and is exhausting, it is so worthwhile, such a friendly atmosphere and is really good fun.”

The event is open to both men and women and you can choose to support any area of the RUH that is close to your heart, alternatively sponsorship will go where it is needed most to benefit patients.

Sign up today, by clicking here

The Walk of Life was originally created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Every year, Vanessa’s family and friends love seeing the Walk grow and help raise even more funds for the cause that was so close to Vanessa’s heart. The Walk of Life 2019 is being kindly sponsored by Kier Construction and MJ Church.