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Press release: Islanders show their support for Hospice this summer as they take part in Marc’s Walk, Tour de Jersey, and 30 Bays in 30 Days

Last weekend, hundreds of Islanders dusted off their trainers and bike helmets to support Jersey Hospice Care as they took part in two of the charity’s much loved summer events, Marc’s Walk and Tour de Jersey.

Over 200 Islanders took part in the last ever Marc’s Walk on Sunday, raising £7,325 (net) for Hospice. Marc’s Walk, organised by Willy Nieuwburg, began in 2011 in memory of Willy’s son Marc who lost his battle with bone cancer in 2004 and has raised over £126,000 for local charities over the years. Starting from either the Lifeboat Station at St Catherine’s or Grosnez the walkers joined together at St John’s Manor and continued through Waterworks Valley to finish at the Waterfront in a sea of orange t-shirts in celebration of Marc’s life and Dutch heritage. This is Willy’s last official event and it has become a much loved celebration of Marc’s life as well as an opportunity to explore the Island and raise funds for Hospice.

Organiser of Marc’s Walk, Willy Nieuwburg, said: “After 11 years organising Marc’s Walk, it is just amazing to be able to say that this year’s was one of the best, if not the best! From the two routes coming together, the sunny weather and the amazing turn out of over 230 people, it all came together for one fun-packed, memorable day. Thank you to everyone who joined me in supporting Jersey Hospice Care. This might have be the last Marc’s Walk, but I am looking forward to organising something a little different for next year.”

Event organiser Willy Nieuwburg at the midway point of Marc’s Walk

On the same day but heading out from Elizabeth Marina, over 300 cyclists of all abilities took part in the annual Jersey Hospice Care Tour de Jersey. Cyclists had the choice of three routes around the Island: 100km or 50km, or a 20km family friendly route to Corbiere along the cycle track. Those taking part in the 100km route started at 8am and were escorted down The Avenue as they paced themselves to then head up Beaumont Hill. Hospice are extremely grateful to Ravenscroft who sponsored the event and also to the team at Cog and Sprocket who provided logistical support, especially Ian Williams (the owner of Cog and Sprocket), who devised the route and provided invaluable advice and support for the event. In total the event raised £12,500 (net) with cyclists expressing how much they had enjoyed the challenge, even with the heat of the day. 

Alex Knowelden from Ravenscroft said: “It was fantastic to see more than 300 cyclists taking part in this year’s event with the majority taking on the challenge of the 100km. There was such a great atmosphere and everyone was clearly enjoying themselves while raising much needed funds for Jersey Hospice Care.”

Tour De Jersey 100k cyclists leaving the harbour

Tour de Jersey 20k cyclists having their safety and route briefing by Ian Williams

Between these two events over £20,000 was raised, which funds an entire day of the care provided by Hospice at Clarkson House and in the Community and ensures that this specialist care is provided to everyone who needs it, wherever they want to receive it, free of charge.

Also during the weekend, over 630 people were taking advantage of the good weather to get a few more bays ticked off their list as they participate in the 30 Bays in 30 days challenge in support of Hospice and The National Trust for Jersey. Most participants are well into this sea swimming challenge which takes place over July and August. Many participants were spotted in the bays, sporting their blue event swim hats, as well as a very well organised group from Jersey Electricity Company who achieved their personal challenge of completing their 30 Bays all in one day on Sunday. Jersey Hospice Care and The National Trust for Jersey are delighted by this years’ take up and would like to remind Islanders that it’s not too late to sign up – all sponsorship funds raised will be split equally between the two charities.

 

JEC team doing all 30 Bays in a day!

Community Events Co-ordinator for Hospice, Marina Brockbank, said: “What an exciting weekend for Hospice and all our supporters. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in one of our events; every donation, through registration or sponsorship, helps us continue to bring dignity and choice to those living with dying in our community and help them live life to the full. Sunday was such a celebration as the walkers completed the last ever Marc’s Walk and although we are all sad to see it go, we can’t thank Willy and all the walkers enough for their support over the years.”

To take part in 30 Bays in 30 Days or for more information on fundraising events coming up for Hospice, please visit www.jerseyhospicecare.com/events or email fundraising@jerseyhospicecare.com, where a member of the team will be happy to help.