Marc’s Walk is back

We are delighted that Marc’s Walk is back this August, raising money for Jersey Hospice Care.

The Walk is named after Marc Nieuwburg, a popular Victoria College student who died from bone cancer, age just 19. It was created in 2011 by his father, Willy, to raise money for local children’s charities. 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, raising over £100,000.

When he heard last year of our plans to support children and young people, he was inspired to organise a new walk for Jersey Hospice Care. Willy said, ‘I read that Jersey Hospice Care was planning a new facility offering specialist 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 a new specialist facility for children and young people.’

Marina Brockbank, Community Events Co-ordinator from Jersey Hospice Care, said, ‘It’s fantastic that Willy is bringing back his popular Marc’s Walk to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care. It is well-known for being a colourful and entertaining walk, with a sea of orange t-shirts, fancy dress and accessories a common sight; a tribute to Marc’s Dutch heritage. Anyone who has taken part before is encouraged to wear one of their old orange t-shirts again.

‘The money raised will support children and young people with a life limiting condition and their families. We are already caring for families through our Emotional Support service and will be extending our services to include respite and outreach services this autumn.’

Marc’s Walk takes place on Sunday 5 August. There will be a choice of three distances, all finishing at Jardin de la Mer:

  • the 13 mile Walk starts at Grosnez Castle at 08.15
  • the six mile Walk starts by C I Engravers, La Rue Du Moulin de la Hague, St Peter at 10.30
  • the three mile Walk starts at the top of Waterworks Valley at 11.30

Willy always likes to add quirky touches to the routes, which include obscure footpaths and quaint country lanes. This will be the first of three Walks that Willy is planning to organise for us and he hopes to raise £15,000 from each one.