We are delighted to announce the total raised from this year’s Walk of Life event – over £100,000 is going towards benefiting patients and their families at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The sponsored canal walk took place on 11 May and on the day 425 people walked along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath, covering an impressive 7,500 miles.

This significant amount will be divided between the Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, the new RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre and many of the hospital’s wards and department.

Laura Pearce, Events and Community Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank everyone who took part and to those who kindly sponsored our walkers. Many people chose to take to either walk in memory of loved ones, show their support for someone receiving treatment at the hospital or to simply take on the challenge.

“We are now inviting people to sign up for next year’s Walk of Life on our website. We have also introduced a new morning walk as part of the event so people have more choice and you can either sign up as an individual or as a team, making every step count for patients and their families at the RUH.”

The three walking distances available next year are:

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

A film of this year’s Walk of Life is now available to watch on our website. To register for next year’s Walk of Life visit events page on the Appeal’s website or for more information call the events fundraising team on: 01225 821535.

The first Walk of Life took place in 2006. It was created with and in memory of Vanessa Kyte, who passed away in 2007. To date the event has raised over half a million pounds for the hospital.