We are delighted that Marc’s Walk is being organised to raise money for the extension to our services to include children and young people, specifically towards construction of the new building.
Marc’s Walk was created in 2011 and since then has raised approx £110,000 for local children’s charities, including Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children (Jersey). The Walk is in memory of Marc Nieuwburg, who died of bone cancer in 2006 at the age of 19.
Like previous walks, there will be a choice of three distances – the routes will be announced nearer to the time. You can expect the usual obscure footpaths and quaint country lanes that have always been part of Marc’s Walks.
The Walk is organised by Marc’s father, Willy. He was inspired to organise one for us when he heard about our new plans. Willy said, ‘I read that Jersey Hospice Care was creating a new facility offering end of life care for local children. Some of you may remember that the original idea for Marc’s Walk was to raise money for a specialist cancer unit for teenagers in Southampton’s General Hospital. Well this is similar and inspires me the same way, so I have decided I will create a walk to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care’s new children’s unit.’
The registration fee will be £15 for adults (or £20 on the day), £10 for children aged six to 16 (or £12.50 on the day) and children under six go free.
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The 14 mile walk will begin at Greve de Lecq. A free bus service will be provided for walkers undertaking this route.
The seven mile walk will begin at the half way point of Trinity Manor.
There will also be a three mile walk (start location to be confirmed).
All walks will finish at Le Hocq.
Online registration will close at lunchtime on Friday. If you would like to register on the day, this will be £20 for adults and £12.50 for children. Cash or cheques only please. Please head to the start locations half an hour before the start time.
Willy, the organiser, would like walkers to wear colourful hats this year – anything goes!
This is a great charity fundraiser and we would encourage you to take selfies and use social media to tell people about the Walk. We will also take photos for publicity in which you are welcome to take part if you wish. These may be used for present or future promotion and marketing.
Everyone is encouraged to get sponsorship for taking part in Marc’s Walk – every penny raised will help us to build a new facility to care for children and young people, as we continue to expand our services. If you were sponsored just £140, this could pay for a support worker to provide one day’s therapeutic support for a child or young person with a life limiting condition.
You can set up your own online page on our website, which can be personalised with your own message and photo and a unique link which you can share with family and friends. The link is at the top of the page.
Alternatively, you can download a paper sponsorship form to help you collect support.