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Nightingale Walk raises 45% more money in 2015

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!

Cake competition results now in!

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.

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When and where to start The Nightingale Walk on June 6th 2015

The 2015 Route

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!

Tribute to Armele Hervieux

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!

Your friends
Bettina Plettenberg and friends

Avoiding blisters

Blisters can be a bane for walkers, making what’s supposed to be a fun day out into an uncomfortable slog. But the good news is that there are now lots of ways to prevent and treat them. Try out these top tips from The Ramblers Association to help maintain happy walking feet.

1) Wear comfortable, good-fitting, worn-in boots or shoes and good walking socks in the right size. Wearing two pairs of socks can help prevent rubbing.

2) Check your feet carefully and regularly for any sign of rubbing or tenderness, and immediately remove anything from socks or boots causing irritation.

3) Remove your boots and socks when you stop for a rest to give your feet a chance to dry off and cool down, which helps prevent blisters.

4) Finally, best carry some blister plasters, plasters or padded dressings in your rucksack – just in case.

The Ramblers Association website contains many more pragmatic tips to prepare for The Nightingale Walk

How to raise the maximum amount of money

The main point of the walk is of course to raise as much money as we possibly can to benefit our chosen charities.

We are aiming to raise over £15,000 in 2014 – which would take the total monies raised by The Nightingale Walk over the years beyond half a million pounds. A remarkable achievement.

We are asking all of our walkers to try to maximise the amount of sponsorship that they are able to raise.

Raising sponsorship money can be daunting and so we have put together the following tips to help you get started and

1) Set yourself a target. Targets can motivate you to get started.

2) Make a list of people who you think might be prepared to sponsor you and then systematically go through the list asking everyone.

3) Write down who has offered to sponsor you and the amount

4) Ask early! Don’t leave raising your sponsorship money to the last minute.

5) Ask at work! If you are working you may be able to source some additional sponsorship from your employer. Many companies match employee fund-raising for charity. Even companies who don’t have a formal programme of matching funds sometimes will contribute to one off projects. But remember if you don’t ask – you don’t get!!

6) Claim the Gift Aid. We are setting up a method of collecting sponsorship money online. This is a very effective way of getting the money in because the donors can choose to give under the Gift Aid scheme which means that we will receive the tax that they paid on that money. More news to follow on this scheme!

7) Collect the money ASAP. If you can obtain the money from your sponsor at the time the sponsorship all the better. Otherwise put a note in your diary to collect the money the day after the walk.

If you have any other ideas about how to maximise our sponsorship money, please get in touch and we will share your good ideas across all of our registered walkers.

Good luck!