Join us for the most colourful walk in the calendar!
Look out for a sea of orange on Sunday 14 July, as Marc’s Walk takes place, raising money for Jersey Hospice Care’s Children and Young People’s Service.
The Walk is named after Marc Nieuwburg, a popular Victoria College student who died from bone cancer, aged just 19. It was created in 2011 by his father, Willy, to raise money for local children’s charities. He always has an orange theme for the Walk, in recognition of his Dutch heritage.
In 2016, on the tenth anniversary of Marc’s death, Willy decided he was going to stop organising the Walk, as it had reached its target of raising over £100,000. After hearing about our plans to extend our care to include children and young people in 2017, Willy decided to carry on for three more years, organising a new walk last year.
Willy said, ‘When I read that Jersey Hospice Care was caring for young people and children, I felt inspired to carry on. I believe that nothing you do for children is ever wasted, so if putting on one of my crazy, colourful walks helps even one child or young person facing a difficult future, it will be worth it. I always enjoy creating the routes and I think this year’s are my best ever!’
Marina Brockbank, Community Events Co-ordinator from Jersey Hospice Care, said, ‘It’s fantastic that Willy is carrying on with Marc’s Walk to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care. It is well-known for being a colourful and entertaining walk, featuring quirky touches and obscure footpaths. Fancy dress and accessories are also common sight!
‘The money raised will enable us to care for children and young people with a life limiting condition and support their families. We are already caring for families through our Emotional Support and Out-Reach services, with plans to expand the services further in the near future.’
Marc’s Walk takes place on Sunday 14 July. There is a choice of three distances, all finishing at Le Hocq:
- Start time : 08:00 – The 14 mile walk will begin at Greve de Lecq. A free bus service will be provided for walkers undertaking this route.
- Start time : 10:00 – The seven mile walk will begin at the half way point of Trinity Manor.
- Start time : 11:00 – A three mile walk from the top of Queen’s Valley.
Online registration will remain open until lunchtime on Saturday. After that, people can register on Sunday morning before taking part. For those do the 14 mile walk, there are two free shuttle buses, leaving from the Bus Station at 07:45.