On 12 May staff members from The SU spent their Saturday taking part in the Walk of Life and have so far raised an incredible £1400 for the Dementia Ward at the Royal United Hospital (RUH). The team joined nearly 500 other people in the annual fundraising walk.
Organised by The Forever Friends Appeal, the annual walk raises money for The RUH, including their Cancer Care Campaign, RNHRD & Therapy Centre or any other area of choice.
The SU team walked the 10 mile distance from Bradford-On-Avon to Bath along the Kennet and Avon canal.
Ali Vowles from BBC radio Wiltshire started the race, joined by the Mayor of Bradford-On-Avon who was there to wish all of the walkers the best of luck.
SU Education Officer Chloe Page said "I took part in the walk to give something back to our local community as Bath has given me so much and has become my home over the last few years”.
“The walk itself was really fun and I had a great time walking and laughing with my lovely colleagues”.
“The scenery was gorgeous and I was sad to come to the end!”
“It was a great opportunity to both raise money for a good cause and take in the beautiful countryside around Bath".
The SU team chose to fundraise for the Dementia Ward at the RUH, as the volunteering department have worked in close partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Alliance this year.
SU Postgraduate Officer Liam Emery said "What appealed me to was the event's inclusive nature and it not being competitive".
"It was great being able to raise lots of money for a good cause doing something that was so enjoyable".
It was a fantastic day enjoyed by the whole team, coming together to support such an importance cause and take part in a beautiful walk.
Anna Boneham, Volunteer Manager said “After a fun warm up to get us in the mood the walk got underway and was not as hard on the joint as I thought!”
“Some of us were quicker that others but you could go at your own pace and soon found that 7 miles had gone by quite quickly”.
“It was a great event to be a part of, especially knowing that we’ve raised at least £1400 for a very worthy cause”.
If you haven’t already, there is still time to donate to The SU team on their Just Giving page. Any donation generously made would be very welcome.