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20 Challenge and Wildlife Wander Registration Open

L-R: Richard Keeley Supporter and lead Volunteer/ Marshall, Hugo the Hospice at Home Sheep, Becci Byers of Story Homes, Tim Backshall of Border TV, Jackie Moffat of Cumbria Life, Ian Storey Managing Director of Story Homes and Builder Bear Mascot for Story Homes.

[F]ollowing the enormous success of the 2017 event ‘Walk 20 Miles for 20 Years of Care’ Challenge where almost 200 participants took part and raised a gigantic £66,000, Hospice at Home are once again looking for walkers of all abilities to take part in the event this year. On Saturday 2nd June there will not only be the opportunity to conquer a challenging route covering 20 miles of stunning Lake District scenery, with 10 summits but also a shorter route of 10 miles, 5 summits and for families and friends who prefer a low level route, the 9 mile Wildlife Wander has also been introduced.

The 20 Challenge starts from Braithwaite Institute, and participants will climb Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Robinson in the morning and a refreshment stop will be provided at Buttermere. The afternoon will feature the conquering of Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Crag Hill, Sail and Barrow before a triumphant arrival back to Braithwaite Institute, to a warm welcome by Keswick Charity Volunteers and well-deserved refreshments. The option to take part in the 11 Miles/5 summits route is also available with transport included for the return journey to Braithwaite Institute.

The Wildlife Wander has been introduced this year. This is a 9 mile guided, low level walk for families and friends of all ages to enjoy. The route will take you along Newlands Beck and the Catbells Terrace, along the shore of Derwentwater and through the beautiful Lingholm Estate where a visit to the spectacular Walled Garden will take place, before returning across farmland to Braithwaite.

This flagship event for the 21st Birthday Year has once again been sponsored by Story Homes. The Charity are welcoming teams of 2 participants or more to enter this exciting challenge. This could be a team building opportunity for businesses or a great day out for friends and families.

Managing Director for Story Homes, Ian Storey, said: “Hospice at Home is a very important charity in our region, providing high quality care and support for adults who have palliative and end of life care needs, and also for their families. We are therefore thrilled to be supporting this fantastic event to raise funds and awareness for the charity.” He continued: “For 30 years Story Homes has built a reputation for supporting communities in ways that add long term value. As our business continues to grow and expand, we are committed to supporting charities and organisations that benefit local people, strengthening our relationships with the community along the way. Best of luck to all those taking part in this year’s challenges!”

ITV presenter, Tim Backshall, took part in the flagship 2017 event. Tim added – “Last year’s walk was a great experience and for such a good cause. The 20-mile route was tough but spectacular, taking in some of the finest views in the Lake District. There was a great camaraderie among the walkers and I was delighted that it raised so much for Hospice at Home.”

Jackie Moffat, well known for her Cumbria Life columns joins us this year and says “I have seen at first hand the difference Hospice at Home makes to people’s lives and I am honoured to have been asked to join the fundraising effort.”

The Registration fee for the 20 mile or 11 mile route is £30 per person. This includes refreshments, a 20 Challenge t-shirt and water bottle and marshal support on route. Each participant is asked to kindly raise £125 and a fundraising pack is provided to give various ideas and sponsorship forms.

The Registration fee to take part in The Wildlife Wander is £15 per adult, £5 per child (aged 5 – 14) or FREE for under 5s. This includes a guided walk with commentary about the local area and wildlife, refreshments, a Wildlife Wander t-shirt and a certificate. Each adult participant is requested to raise £125 in sponsorship and fundraising guides are provided.

Julie Blundell Fundraiser for Hospice at Home said “ We can ensure you, your families, friends and work colleagues will have a day never to be forgotten and your commitment and generosity will be helping make a difference to local patients, families and cares of the future’

Don’t delay to request your 20 Challenge or Wildlife Wander information pack

please call 01768 210719, visit the website or

email [email protected]


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