We are entering the final countdown to the night walk event at the end of the week and we are getting very excited to see you all.
Based on current forecasts it looks like the weather gods are being kind to us as well: winds will be light with a partially cloudy sky that will give us some great conditions for the event.
We would like to take this opportunity prior to the event to give you some information to be aware of:
- Sponsorship: if possible, please make your sponsorship payments to our events page at Total Giving as soon as you can at this link: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/nightwalk. Â All of your sponsorship will get to us and it saves a lot of paperwork â€“ please also tick the â€œGift Aidâ€ box if you pay tax, it makes a huge difference. If you need to pay by cheque the payee must be written as â€œLillie Johnson Charitable Trustâ€ or you may bring cash with you on the night. The deadline for submission of sponsorship money will be October 31st. If you have any sponsorship forms, please give them to us along with your payment. Again, it is good for Gift AId!
- Arrival & directions: parking will be limited. If you are able to, please walk to the start to avoid cars all over Hampton. The walk will be taking place from Fentham Hall, Hampton in Arden.
- Start end location: the start and end of the walk will be the Fentham Trust Meeting Room (close to the entrance of The Beeches) off Marsh Lane in Hampton in Arden.
- Registration: everyone must register on arrival. You may arrive to check in to the walk from 6.45pm and can start the walk any time between 7 and 8pm. You MUST check in at two points around the route (will be indicated on the map you will be given) and check out at the end â€“ failure to do so will cause us to have minor heart attacks and we WILL come to look for you â€“ please help us by checking in and out at the correct places.
- What to wear: the weeds and brambles are still present and it will be damp, but not very wet underfoot. It will also be cool, but not cold. Make sure to wear trousers to protect your legs. Flat soled shoes are fine to walk in, wellingtons will be fine as well. By and large, the path is not particularly muddy but the footpath does cross some fields that have been ploughed recently. Please make sure your footwear and other clothing will cope with this. Shoes with any kind of heel or smooth soles are not appropriate and should not be worn. Above all, be comfortable and supported in your footwear.
- Equipment to bring with you: please make sure each walker has the following in a suitable backpack / bag:
- The mobile phone with the number you registered with â€“ make sure it is charged.
- Hat & gloves
- Waterproofs and a warm jacket â€“ it isnâ€™t scheduled to rain, but you never know.
- Medications if required
- Water / drinks and other refreshments as you go around â€“ donâ€™t forget to take ALL your waste home with you.
- Light coloured clothing â€“ helps with seeing each other in the dark, and makes you more visible to car drivers. Feel free to decorate yourselves with glow sticks, fairy lights, etc – make yourself glow! We will have some glow sticks available at the start.
- Dogs: dogs are very welcome to walk with you but please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your dog. There are animals in many of the fields you will be walking through, please keep your dog on a lead AT ALL TIMES.
- Pictures: please bring your camera to take pictures of the event. We would love to see them afterwards, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org We will also have our own photographer taking pictures so if you donâ€™t want to give permission for us to use any picture you may appear in for publicity please let us know.
- Walkers age 15 & under should all be walking with a responsible adult â€“ we will check this at registration so please be aware of this requirement.
- You are taking part at your own risk: we have checked the route several times and it is safe to use, but you must make your own assessment based on your own abilities. It is not a hard route but you will be out in the country side where paths are not paved and mud and water exist. Please be aware that the usual risks of walking in the countryside will be present during this route but you may not see all of them due to the light conditions. Take extra care when walking over muddy ground or styles that you need to climb over and look out for overhanging branches or wildly overgrown weeds.
- Have fun!! We are running this event to raise awareness of mental health issues and simple steps people can take to keep minds and their bodies fit and active. Being active outdoors is a great way of keeping fit, being aware of the great world we live in and just having fun, so please take care but enjoy it.
Thatâ€™s it, we look forward to seeing you on the night, please let us know if you have any questions beforehand.