Take a walk for your local Hospital Heroes and patients…

The Walk of Life is our annual charity walk along the beautiful Kennet &Avon canal from Bishops Cannings (near Devizes), Bradford on Avon and Bath.For the very first time, you can take part on the day or join the virtual Walk of Life and complete your walk, your way, on any day! Whichever way you take part, you’ll be joined by supporters, patients and their families, as well as NHS staff all taking part to show how much they care for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

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Join the Walk of Life today!

The Canal Walk on Saturday 18th September.

  • Marathon walk – 26.2 miles (approx.): Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon – Bath.
  • *NEW* Morning walk – 16 miles (approx.): Bishops Cannings (near Devizes) – Bradford on Avon.
  • Afternoon walk – 10 miles (approx.): Bradford on Avon – Bath.

By taking part, you will be supporting thousands patients and their families cared for at the RUH every year. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the life and memories of loved ones, to show support for someone receiving treatment, or simply to take on the challenge. Whatever the reason, every step taken means a lot to our patients..

Entry is £25 and you’ll receive a special NHS Walk of Life t-shirt, a medal and some other surprises along the way. We ask all our participants to try and raise £100 as part of their walk. Your donations will help us fund projects at the RUH that will make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for every year, as well as the families that visit them and the staff that care for them..

We very much hope that the current restrictions will be lifted by September and that we can go ahead as planned on this new date. However your health and safety, and that of our local community and patients, is and always will be our top priority..

We will be giving the logistics of the Walk of Life a lot of thought in the lead up to the big day, to ensure that we can deliver the event in a safe way whilst making sure you have a great time taking part. As new guidelines emerge, we will be prepared to make any necessary changes to the running of the day which may include measures such as staggered starts, changes to main event areas and reduced contact refreshment stops. We will only allow you to take part if we are absolutely sure it is safe to do so..

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Enter as an individual

Sign up to take part. T&C’s apply.

Enter as a team

Take part with friends & family, colleagues and other groups. T&C’s apply.

The Virtual Walk of Life

Can’t make the new date or not sure about taking part on the day? Don’t worry!

We are currently working on a virtual extension to the event, so that you can still take part to make a difference at the RUH and get the medal to prove it. We’ll be updating this section, as soon as we have more information.

26.2 MILE & 16 MILE WALKS – BISHOPS CANNINGS (DEVIZES) – MORNING START

The Marathon (26.2 mile approx. – all day) and Morning (16 mile approx.. – morning) walks start from The Crown Inn Pub in Bishops Cannings, near Devizes. The Morning walk finishes in Bradford on Avon and the Marathon walk will continue onto the Holburne Museum in Bath.

You will need to arrive by 7.30am to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 8am. Please note these timings are subject to change, as we may need to introduce a staggered start depending on final numbers. Final details will be sent to you one month before the walk takes place.

Finish: Bradford on Avon (16 miles)

Finish: Bath (26.2 miles)

10 MILE WALK – BRADFORD ON AVON - AFTERNOON START

The Afternoon (10 mile approx.. – afternoon) walk starts in Victory field, Bradford On Avon where it joins the all day walkers, before heading to the Holburne Museum in Bath.

You will need to arrive by 12.30pm to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 1pm. Please note these timings are subject to change, as we may need to introduce a staggered start depending on final numbers. Final details will be sent to you one month before the walk takes place.

Finish: Bath (10 miles)

All Participants T&C’s (additional for the Corporate challenge are below)

These rules apply to the Walk of Life 2020, and by registering either as an individual or as part of a team, you agree to comply with them and confirm that you satisfy the age requirements set out below. If you have any questions, the event organiser will be happy to help. Please contact Laura Pearce on 01225 821535 / laurapearce1@nhs.net.

*Please be aware that all mileage is approximate and has been measured on several occasions, in different ways by our Events Team. Distance will vary slightly, depending on the app/watch/other technology you are using to track your distance.*

TheCanal Walk on 26th September 2020

  1. The Walk of Life is a fundraising event, organised by The Forever Friends Appeal – the charity for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.
  2. The Walk of Life is being organised for Saturday 26th September 2020. This is a rearranged date from 16th May 2020, due to COVID-19.
  3. The Forever Friends Appeal reserves the right to make necessary changes or cancel this event at any time, in light of unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that this occurs, all participants will be notified.
  4. Only registered participants are eligible to take part in the event and receive the benefits (refreshments, medals etc.) associated with the Walk of Life.
  5. The Walk of Life is not a race. It is set-up for the speed of walkers and is not equipped for running participants.
  6. Participants understand that the mileage for the marathon, morning and afternoon walks is approximate and may vary when using your own distance tracker/app/watch on the day.
  7. Participants must understand that the marathon, morning and afternoon walks are strenuous, physical events and if unsure of their suitability to enter, they are advised to seek medical advice before taking part.
  8. Participants must train properly in the lead up to the event, ensuring they are of a good fitness level and able to walk at the average speed of 3.5 miles per hour.
  9. Any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the participant (eg epilepsy, asthma), must be reported to the organisers prior to the day of the walk. This can be done at point of registration.
  10. The Forever Friends Appeal advise participants who are taking any form of medication prior to the walk to seek advice from a medical practitioner to be sure that their health will not be affected by this physical activity.
  11. Participants must notify walk organisers of any condition which makes them unfit to participate during the event, so that assistance can be requested from qualified persons.
  12. First Aid cover is provided through St John Ambulance for the duration of the event until 30pm. Following this time all participants agree and understand that the said First Aid cover will cease to be provided and will therefore either be required to end the event, or continue at their own risk (all participants have agreed to point 5, which means the allocated time cover is provided is sufficient).
  13. The Forever Friends Appeal has taken all reasonable precautions to ensure all participants safety on the walk.
  14. Any participant who is unable to take part in the event should notify The Forever Friends Appeal as soon as possible.
  15. Each participant is responsible for his/her own conduct and must not undertake any action that may cause danger or risk of any type to him / herself or any of the other walkers.
  16. Participants mustremain vigilant, have utmost respect for other canal path users and follow the directions of Appeal staff and event marshals at all times.
  17. Well-behaved dogs are permitted at the event however must be kept on a lead at all times.
  18. Participants agree that photos and films taken by designated event photographers/videographers during the event might be used to publicise the work of the charity.
  19. If you, the participants posts media (e.g. photos and videos) on The Forever Friends Appeal’s social media platforms, you automatically give The Forever Friends Appeal permission to use and reproduce that content to publicise the work of the charity at any point in the future.
  20. All participants enter the Walk of Life at their own risk. In no event shall The Forever Friends Appeal be liable for any injuries, loss or damages whatsoever, including indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential losses connected with any aspect of the Walk of Life.
  21. By signing the entry form or registering online, participants agree to abide by all terms and conditions of the Walk of Life.

Registration & Fundraising

  1. There is a £25.00 entry fee for all participants (£20.00 for early bird places, which close on 31st October 2019).
  2. The entry fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  3. All participants must complete online entry, or complete and sign a paper entry formto register. Only registered participants are eligible to take part in the event and receive the benefits (refreshments, medals etc.) associated on the day.
  4. Places are limited and may sell out in advance, otherwise entry will close on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 12midday.
  5. Upon completion of registration, a fundraising pack and sponsorship forms will be sent as soon as possible, unless otherwise advised.
  6. The suggested minimum sponsorship is £100. Participants must endeavour to raise this to the best of their ability.
  7. Sponsorshipmust be raised for The Forever Friends Appeal’s charitable purposes i.e. any ward or department at the Royal United Hospitals, general fund, major campaign or special appeal
  8. Participants must raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal –entry is not permitted to support another charity.
  9. Any money raised from the event must be paid to The Forever Friends Appeal as soon as possible and will be used for charitable purposes. Money pledged via online fundraising pages is collected and paid to the charity automatically. If you do not pass on all of the money that you raise, you may be committing a criminal offence. A failure to submit any money raised from any previous participation in events benefitting The Forever Friends Appeal, or a failure to notify us if you are unable to attend a previous event, may result in your entry being refused or cancelled.
  10. The Forever Friends Appeal reserves the right to refuse any walkers participation in the event at any time, if they breach the Terms & Conditions set out.

Team entry

  1. Team entry is available to groups of 4 or more participants. There is no maximum.
  2. Teams are open to friends or family, colleagues and/or other group. You must specify your ‘team type’ at point of registration.
  3. Team entry is available for all three distances (marathon, morning and afternoon).
  4. Participants who are part of one team, can choose to enter different distances – although we encourage teams to walk together!
  5. Each team member/participant must pledge to raise £100, as per the terms and conditions of entry.
  6. Team members/participants do not have to register together at the same time or in the same transaction.
  7. To be acknowledged as part of the same team, all participants must enter the same Team Name at point of registration.
  8. If you are registering someone on their behalf, you must provide all of their details (including address, contact details and medical information). By registering them, you also confirm that you have obtained their consent and that they agree to these terms & conditions.

Age Restrictions 

  1. The Marathon2 mile walk and Morning 16 mile walk is restricted to participants aged 13 and over. In exceptional circumstances, and where permission and relevant evidence is provided by a parent/guardian, The Forever Friends Appeal may grant entry to those under this age. Please contact the event organiser Laura Pearce (laurapearce1@nhs.net / 01225 821535) to discuss prior to registering.
  2. The Afternoon 10 mile walk is restricted to participants aged 10 and over. In exceptional circumstances, and where permission and relevant evidence is provided by a parent/guardian, The Forever Friends Appeal may grant entry to those under this age. Please contact the event organiser Laura Pearce (laurapearce1@nhs.net / 01225 821535) to discuss prior to registering.
  3. For schools or youth groups, there must be a minimum of 1 adult to 5 children. Their parent/guardian must agree to the Terms & Conditions (set out below) before they will be allowed on the walk
  4. Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18+) at all times.
  5. The participant under the age of 18 and the guardian must both enter as separate registrations, for the same distance.
  6. By completing registration, the parent/guardian of the child agrees to the Walk of Life Parent/Guardian Terms & Conditions details below.

Parent / Guardian Terms & Conditions

I agree for my son/daughter to take part in the 2020 Walk of Life and confirm that they will be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18+) for the duration of their participation in the event.

I undertake not to hold The Forever Friends Appeal responsible for compensation in respect of loss or damage to personal property, which my son/daughter sustains during the activities.

I understand the importance of advising The Forever Friends Appeal of any medical conditions or special needs which may require particular attention, in order to enable my son/daughter’s full and safe participation in the event.

I understand not to permit my son/daughter to attend the walk if they are not in good health on the day of the walk and I will inform the walk organisers of their inability to attend.

If at any point of the walk, he/she requires urgent medical treatment and provided that I cannot be contacted personally, I give my permission to the medical authorities to administer such emergency treatment, including anaesthetic, as they consider necessary in the circumstances.

Walk of Life Team Awards & Team Challenge

  1. TBC

Use of personal data

  1. By providing personal data when you register for the Walk of Life, you confirm that you consent to such data being used by us for the purposes of organising and administering the Walk of Life, and you agree that The Forever Friends Appeal can use the details that you have provided to discuss your fundraising activity and follow up on your progress. If you provide personal data on behalf of additional entrants, you also confirm that you have obtained their consent for such data to be used for the same purposes.
  2. All participants full name, telephone number, medical information and emergency contact information will be securely given to St John Ambulance, for the sole purpose of administering the Walk of Life on the day. They will only reference your information, should you need medical attention at the event. No other data will be shared with St John Ambulance, or any other organisation.
  3. Your personal information may also be used for the purposes of sending communications to you, where you have confirmed that you would like to receive further information about the charity’s work when registering for the Walk of Life.
  4. All personal data held by us will be handled in accordance with applicable privacy laws and The Forever Friends Appeal’s privacy statement, which can be found here: foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/privacy-policy

The Virtual Walk of Life

TBC

How much is the entry fee?

It’s £25 per person – this includes registrations for under 18’s (£20 early-bird fee until 2nd December 2019 at midday).

What happens if I can’t raise the suggested minimum sponsorship of £100?

Although we want you to raise as much as possible, it is only a suggested sponsorship level.  We won’t mind if you don’t quite reach the full amount, but please try as best as you can –the more you raise, the more you will support patients.

Can you help me with any advice on raising as much money as possible?

When you complete registration, we will send you a Walk of Life fundraising pack full of lots of fundraising hints and advice, as well as some walking tips. We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have, so just give the Events Team a call/email! Details will be within the pack.

What will my fundraising go towards?

It’s up to you! When you register you will be asked where you would like your sponsorship allocated. If you choose ‘General’ it will go towards the area of greatest need at the time. You can also choose to fundraise for any ward or department that is close to your heart, or one of our Major Campaigns or Special Appeals. See the ‘causes’ page on our website for more information.

Is the Walk of Life women only?

Definitely not!  We have lots of men take part each year.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. The walking marathon (26.2 miles approx.) and morning walk (16 miles approximately) is restricted to participants aged 13 and over. The afternoon walk (10 mile approx.) is restricted to participants aged 10 and over. In exceptional circumstances, and where permission and relevant evidence is provided by a parent/guardian, we may grant entry to those under this age. Please contact the event organiser Laura Pearce (laurapearce1@nhs.net / 01225 821535) to discuss, prior to registering.

Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18+) at all times. The participant under the age of 18 and the guardian must both register for the event, for the same distance and by completing registration, the parent/guardian agrees to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions for the child’s participation.

How far is the walk?

*Please be aware that all mileage is approximate and has been measured on several occasions, in different ways by our Events Team. Distance will vary slightly, depending on the app/watch/other technology you are using to track your distance.*

The full marathon walk from Bishops Cannings to Bath is 26.2 miles. The morning walk from Bishops Cannings to Bradford on Avon is 16 miles.  The afternoon section from Bradford on Avon to Bath is 10 miles.

Do I need to train?

Yes. It does not matter if you are an experienced walker or have never done anything like this before, as long as you put in the training. It is designed to be challenging but achievable if you’ve prepared well.

When and where does the walk start?

For the full walking marathon and morning walk, you will need to arrive at The Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings by 7.30am to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 8am. For the afternoon 10 mile walk, you will need to arrive in Victory Field, Bradford on Avon by 12.30pm to attend our Welcome Briefing and fun warm up. We’ll then set you off from 1pm. Please note these timings are subject to change and we may need to introduce a staggered start, depending on final numbers. We will let you know final details in a dedicated walk mailing a few weeks before the event takes place.

How long is the walk expected to take?

It really depends on your fitness levels.  From our seven years’ experience, some people complete the full 26.2 miles by 2.30pm, others don’t finish until 6.30pm.

Will there be toilets along the way?

Yes! We will be arranging for our walkers to be able to access a number of toilets along the way, particular within pubs along the towpath. There are also a number of public toilets. You will be sent a Walker Pack a month or so before the event, which will include a map detailing where these will be.

What about water and food on the day?

Please bring your own water bottle that we can refill for you throughout the day. There will not be individual single-use plastic bottles We also recommend you bring any snacks you’ve tried and tested beforehand. There will be a number of GoodNess stops along the route with goodies (flapjacks, fruit etc.) and plenty of water so that you can fill up your water bottle. At our lunchtime base in Bradford on Avon, we hope to have a BBQ, or you’re more than welcome to bring along a picnic. Further details about this will be sent out with your Walk Pack, a month or so before the event.

Can I form a team for the walk?

 Absolutely!  We have a Team Entry option which is new this year. Team entry is open to groups of 4 or more and you can take part with friends and family, colleagues or any other type of group.

Will my friends and family be able to come and cheer me over the finish line?

Yes of course – the more the merrier!  The morning walk finish line is in Victory Fields, Bradford on Avon and the marathon and afternoon walk finish line is at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome but we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times. Owners are responsible for keeping their dogs under control and bringing doggy bags!

How will I get home at the end of the walk?

We would suggest that you ask a friend or family member to come and collect you – and of course cheer you over the finishing line at the same time!  If you need advice on train and bus schedules, just give us a call and we’ll help you find all the information you need.

Am I required to have health insurance?

We recommend personal health insurance for each participant and/or seek professional medical advice, particularly if you have any concerns with regards to the challenge. Our medical team can only provide basic first aid services. All walkers must agree to the Walk of Life Terms and Conditions before they will be allowed on the walk.

If I don’t want to take part in the event can I volunteer to help instead?

Yes please! We are always looking for volunteers to help marshal the route or help out at our GoodNess stops. Please give the Events Team a call on 01225 821535 / laurapearce1@nhs.net to have a chat.

As the situation around COVID-19 is constantly changing, we will continue to monitor and follow the advice being issued by the UK Government, Public Health England, the Canal & River Trust and our local authorities.

If the canal walk can’t take place on 26September 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, we will let registered participants know as soon as possible.This date has been rearranged from May 2020 and so we very much hope that it goes ahead, however the safety of everyone involved, as well as the wider community, is our absolute priority and so we are prepared to make further changes if necessary.

We will be giving the logistics of the canal walk a lot of thought in the lead up to the day, to ensure that it is delivered in a safe way whilst making sure you have a great time taking part. As new guidelines emerge, we will be prepared to make any necessary changes to the running of the event which may include measures such as staggered starts, changes to main event areas and reduced contact refreshment stops. We will only allow you to take part if we are absolutely sure it is safe to do so.

We are also organising a virtual extension of the event, so that anyone who can’t make the new date or who would prefer to do it their own time, on their own terms, can still take part. You’ll be able to do this from your own home, in a way that you feel comfortable completing (whilst following the Government guidelines). In the event that we have to cancel the canal walk on 26th September, we will automatically transfer all registered participants onto the virtual event at no extra cost. We’ll be updating the website with further information very soon!

If you wanted to start fundraising now, please go ahead! JustGiving is the online sponsorship platform we recommend to all our fundraisers. It’s quick to set up and simple to use.

  • Your friends and family can sponsor at the click of a button
  • You can keep track of donations
  • No need to use a sponsorship form
  • Your sponsorship will automatically be sent to us – you don’t need to do anything

Just Giving

This beautiful walk was created with and in memory of a wonderful lady, 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. You can read Vanessa’s story here.

Don’t fancy walking? why not help volunteer at the Walk of Life

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