Well done to all our supporters (over 600 of them) who took on the Forest of Dean Walk challenge to help end youth homelessness on Saturday 14th June!
St Basils Walk, which is sponsored by Bournville based Mondelēz International, takes place in a different part of the country each year. This was St Basils 16th Walk but our first in the Forest of Dean.
Every annual walk is carefully designed to offer a varied course with beautiful scenery and we were lucky to have such a glorious day with wall to wall sunshine which really set off the stunning views from Symonds Yat Rock, the highest point of this years’ Walk. Then by contrast, Walkers enjoyed the slight breeze afforded from walking close to the river Wye and then the relative shelter of the trees close to the Cycle Centre. More experienced walkers taking on the 26 mile challenge, got to explore much more of the ancient forest with its tightly packed 40 foot pine trees said to have inspired JRR Tolkien.
Alice Harvey has done the walk with her team (pictured above) for the 4th time now. Their friend who usually does it with them couldn’t make it this year so they carried a stick with her photo on round the course with them.
Alice said: “We are all from Birmingham and in one way or another professionally know people who need support from organisations like St Basils, it feels like a worthy cause and one close to our hearts and we are proud to help! We thought the Walk was absolutely excellent! We couldn’t really fault a thing…apart from maybe our own stamina! This year the map/ instructions and route were brilliant and well split up. As always the support teams were rocks and truly appreciated! We love a group photo so plentiful photographers made our day! Thank you!”
Team Name: "A right Charlie and his Angels" - Veronica, Brian, Blantina and Cassie from St Basils
First timer Sarah Skurr (pictured above far left) from Colmore Business District said: “We work in the centre of Birmingham and are aware of the work St Basils does and we’re all in agreement that it’s a cause worth supporting…The Walk was fantastic! We loved it! It was very well organised, a well chosen route, and we were impressed with the clear route instructions provided”
Team Name: "JMP Minions"
Teams from Waterloo Housing
First timer Mark Taylor from Waterloo Housing said: “St Basils does great work with homeless young people and we wanted to support this event to help make a difference. We thought the Walk was excellent. Very well organised and a great experience”.
Lucy Hackett, Head of Fundraising said: Both the excellent feedback and the smiles on people’s faces as they neared the finish line proved most teams relished this year’s challenge. We would like to thank all our walkers for the amazing effort they put in and we would also like to thank all their friends, families and colleagues for sponsoring them to do this event. Your efforts and support will help homeless young people access opportunities such as university, apprenticeships and jobs which will help secure their futures away from the ‘cycle’ of homelessness that exclusion from opportunities can cause. Thank you so much for all your support!”
More photos are on our Flickr photostream:
Certificate photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stbasilscharity/sets/72157645248802013/
Team times and the current total can be found on our main walk page: www.stbasils.org.uk/walk