Fun Fundraising!

17th May 2017

August 2017 Update

  Bill Bailey, the well-known comedian, walked The Ridgeway 100 miles in July to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). He is one of hundreds of people who fundraise for good causes by walking, running or riding along The Ridgeway.

Bill had already completed The Ridgeway in 2015 in aid of Cancer Research and he is clearly a fan of this ancient pathway. Bill finished his journey this year at the end of July and Sarah Wright, the National Trail Officer caught up with him and asked him for any tips he might pass on to people considering the Trail.  We were delighted that he had such high praise for the website and in particular the distance calculator http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/distance-calculator

Listen to his tips for a successful long distance walk here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vPLGhkBqbjigNcJA2 

And as if his journey couldn't get any better, on completion of the Trail Bill was presented with one of our personalised trail signs! https://shop.nationaltrail.co.uk/collections/national-trail-signs/products/personalised-trail-sign

It may be that Bill inspires others to take on a challenge this year and there are plenty of organised fundraising events to support and guide people through the experience. If you are new to this sort of thing, being part of these events means you have the reassurance of information packs and, on the day, pitstops with water and First Aiders on hand! Every year, there are numerous running, walking and cycling events on The Ridgeway and we have created, for the first time, a calendar setting out the major Ridgeway events for the year ahead. The MacMillan Castles Bike Ride is in its 21st year and there are newer events such as the Ridgewalk for SENSE. Take a look at our events webpage for details.

At a local level, events are raising money to benefit causes in the area around The Ridgeway. A school in Moulsford holds an annual cycling event and this May there is a walking event to improve a pre-school in Ramsbury. http://www.ramsburyweek.co.uk/sponsored-walk/

At a global level, Ben and Lottie Curtis are raising money for flood relief in Sri Lanka to help the 600,000 people who have been left without homes after the massive floods. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BenjamandLottieCurtis

There is the opportunity to collect money to keep The Ridgeway itself in good order. You can donate through the Friends of The Ridgeway at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/ridgewayfriends.

We are also working with event organisers to make it possible for their participants to support The Ridgeway as well as their primary cause. We are pleased to report that this year, the majority of events listed in our Ridgeway calendar are making a donation to help maintain the Trail. A big thank you to the organisers and everyone taking part in these events! Event organisers who donate to The Ridgeway display a special National Trail acorn logo on their websites and publications.

We look forward to a year of fun fundraising on The Ridgeway!

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