walkthewight2013_006Registration is about to open for this year’s 25th Anniversary Walk the Wight in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice and Islanders are being invited to join the annual event.

The Hospice and the Walk the Wight committee are planning to make the Silver Jubilee event on 10th May extra special and are hoping that as many people as possible will join them to celebrate.

Every year the sponsored walk raises much needed funds for end of life care for Island residents helping to ensure this care continues to be free of charge. Since 1991, over 24 years, the event has raised more than £3 million for the Hospice.

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The event is Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s largest participation fundraising event and also, by far, the biggest walk of its kind held on the Island. Traditionally walkers come from not only all parts of the Island but the UK and overseas as well.

As in previous years there will be four main walks to cater for varying abilities:

– The main walk – 26.5 miles across the whole Island, starting at Bembridge and finishing at The Needles Landmark Attraction, Alum Bay

– The first half – 12.5 miles starting at Bembridge and finishing at Carisbrooke Castle

– The second half – 14 miles starting at Carisbrooke Castle and finishing at The Needles Landmark Attraction, Alum Bay

– The Flat Walk – 8 miles starting at Sandown High School and finishing at Shide Trees in Newport. Suitable for robust wheelchairs and pushchairs, this is a completely flat walk along parts of the old railway line and new cycle track.

Ron Bowler, who has been involved as a sponsor and committee member since the event began in 1990/91, said:

“It is amazing to think that the event is in its 25th year – in that time so many people have raised such a lot of money to help support the work of the Hospice”.

Jo Blackburn, Chief Executive, said:

“We are already working hard to ensure the Silver Anniversary will be an event that the Island community will remember for years to come. But first and foremost the event is about the walkers and helping them enjoy the day safely while supporting them to fundraise as much as possible to support their Hospice. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to join us in our celebrations.

“Walk the Wight is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together in a unique social gathering based around a healthy activity that will also provide a major contribution to supporting the work of the Hospice. There are so many good reasons to take part.”

Registration officially opens on Friday 9th January. You have to be registered to take part and all information can be found on the website at from Friday 9th January.

For any enquiries please check the FAQs page on the Walk the Wight website or email [email protected].

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