Join the walk to help Winchester’s homeless

Press Release: 15/03/2010

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Residents, groups and businesses across the District are being asked to put their best foot forward this spring to help raise funds for the homeless charities in Winchester.

 

The Rotary Club of Winchester is holding an event called ‘Winchester Walk for the Homeless – Beating the Bounds’ on Sunday 9th May in an effort to raise £50,000 for Winchester’s homeless charities, Trinity Winchester, Winchester Churches Nightshelter, and Keystone.

 

Individuals, families, schools and businesses are invited to join in one of three picturesque walks around the Winchester area. Starting from the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, walkers will take in the sights from the Itchen River to the Worthies and back again; enjoying the historical places and inspiring views along the way.

 

Michelle Gardner, Chief Executive at Trinity Winchester, says: “Traditionally, residents of a parish walked the boundary to share knowledge about where the borders lay, and to pray for protection and blessing of the land. Now many parishes continue this ‘Beating the Bounds’ tradition to strengthen the community and we hope to bring the Winchester community together whilst raising funds for those less fortunate who live within it.”

 

Walkers are invited to choose a 12-mile trek, a 5-mile stride or a 1.5-mile family-friendly stroll, and to raise sponsorship money for their efforts. All money raised will go straight to the charities concerned. Parties will set off between 9am and 12 midday on Sunday 9th May with a guide map and instructions, and all the routes will be signed and marshalled.  A finish-line party will be held in the Cathedral grounds during the afternoon from 12 midday until 3.30pm, with refreshments, games, army band, and children’s entertainments.

 

Registration is easy online and costs just £10 per person (or £20 for a group of up to five people) at www.winchesterwalk.co.uk