Thanks again for taking part – here are some of the photos from this year’s walk:
We are delighted to announce that long-running friends and contributors to the Nightingale Walk, the Westside Scouts Group (Scouts, Cubs, Beavers), will support the 2018 walk.
We extend a warm welcome to all the kids, parents, families and friends of the Scouts Group and hope that you enjoy this year’s walk and thank you all for your efforts – both walking and fund-raising. It is very much appreciated.
Thinking about coming along to take part in the 2017 walk on June 17th?
This is the video of the highlights of the 2016 walk. It was a lot of fun.
We are delighted to announce that the Nightingale Walk raised a total of £10,414 in 2015 – this represents a 45% increase on the £7,165 raised in 2014.
There were 160 people taking part in 2015, up from the 125 walkers that we had in 2014.
We are pleased that not only have more people took part in 2015 but that each walker raised more money on average than in the previous year. In 2015 the average amount raised per walker was £65 – up % from £57 in 2014.
Many thanks to everybody who took part in the walk and who sponsored those that did – and also all who were involved in organising the walk.
We would like to especially thank Cappagh who contributed sponsorship to teh walk and Youngs Brewery who continue to support the walk.
Thanks to all – and here’s to an even more successful walk in 2016!
There were six “re-fuelling” stations along the course of the 2015 Nightingale Walk providing food and drink for the walkers. Each station was hosted by one of the organisations that benefitted from the money raising.
As a bit of fun this year, and in line with the 2015 theme of “Walk Off The Bake Off”, we held a competition among the different stations to determine who could bake the best cakes.
All the stations put on a great spread and made some magnificent cakes – in fact the team from the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability’s cakes were so good that they were all eaten by walkers by the time the judge arrived at their station.
The Scouts warranted a special mention for providing hot tea and chairs to sit down whilst enjoying cake and sandwiches and they also made special biscuits for the dogs who walked the course.
The Haven provide a dazzlingly wide range of cakes on their station.
The winner of the competition, however, was the Wandsworth Community Transport station who baked an exceptional Pineapple Upside Down cake to carry off the Bake Off trophy!
Congratulations to Wandsworth Community Transport and thank you to all who contributed cakes and biscuits. You did us proud.
WHAT’S THE ROUTE?
We realise that not everybody – including dogs and small children – can manage a full twenty mile course so we have three staggered starts from which to begin the journey.
1) The longest walk is from Walton-on-Thames railway station and is a twenty mile route. The walk begins at 8am on June 6th and this checkpoint will be manned until 9am.
There is an intermediary checkpoint at Hampton Court after four miles of walking to refuel on food and drink provided there (sixteen miles still to go). This checkpoint closes at midday.
2) There is a second starting line at the Kingston checkpoint – which kicks off a thirteen mile route. The checkpoint opens at 10am so you can start from here at that point (and it closes at 1pm)
There is another checkpoint at Ham after ten miles of walking which marks the half way point of the full length walk – ten miles to go. More food and drink for walkers. This checkpoint closes at 2.30pm.
3) There is a final micro-route which starts at Richmond and is a mere seven and a half miles. It opens at noon so you can start from here at that point (and it closes at 3.30pm)
The penultimate checkpoint with more food & drink is at Kew Bridge. There are four and a half miles remaining at this point. The checkpoint closes at 5pm.
The final watering hole is the checkpoint at Barnes which is only two miles from the finishing line. This checkpoint closes at 6pm.
And when you have reached Putney you have done it! Mission accomplished. Walk over. (The checkpoint closes at 7.30pm)
Transport is provided at Putney to return finishers to the Nightingale Pub where tasty sustenance is provided for all walkers – and its on the house!
We would like to pay tribute today to our dear friend Armele whom we lost so early due to cancer (at the age of 45).
Armele was originally from France and came to London in 1996 to work as an accountant. During this time she made lots of friends as she was such a lovely, warm and humorous person who enjoyed life to the full and even if life was not brilliant she always saw the bright side of things.
Armele was popular with many people. She was a good listener and good at giving advice. She was a very independent person who stood up for herself and was always going to fight for something rather than giving up. We admire her for her courage and her optimism.
Armele liked socialising, dinner parties (her cakes were special!), meditation classes and going for long walks. That’s why she participated many times in the Nightingale Charity walks (the last time in 2014) to raise money for charity. She also went with us friends on many Green Chain walks including a late night walk before her illness got worse. And she did afternoon tea for the first time with us girls in the National Portrait Gallery restaurant which she enjoyed very much.
Armele died after a short illness. We are all very sad that she had to leave us so early and hope that she will rest in peace now. All the best, to you, Armele! Wherever you are, we will be thinking of you!