Julian House has launched its annual Circuit of Bath Walk, taking place on Sunday 27th September, and is calling on the public to join them in stepping out and standing up against homelessness.
The sponsored circular walk, now in its 19th year, will see participants covering some of Bath’s most beautiful countryside and surrounding villages, with spectacular views across the historic city itself.
While the charity is encouraging as many people as possible to take on the full 20-mile route in 2020, participants can choose their own distance and start point thanks to the five checkpoints along the route with a free shuttle bus service between each.
Due to the coronavirus, Julian House has had to cancel or postpone all its other fundraising events for the year and close its charity shops and bike workshops, which will result in a massive hit of over £200,000 to its income.
Senior Community & Events Fundraiser, Jess Gay said: “The Circuit of Bath is a really important event in our fundraising calendar – especially this year.
“Everything our participants raise in sponsorship by taking on the walk will be used to help fund our vital services, including our hostel and domestic abuse refuge, which have been in high demand during the pandemic and will likely continue to be as lockdown eases.
“We’re very aware of the situation around COVID-19 and will continue to monitor and follow the advice being issued. The safety of the community, participants, staff and volunteers is and always will be our top priority and thanks to the staggered start points social distancing can be followed if still necessary by September.
“We’d like to reassure anyone who purchases a ticket to the event that they will have the option of a refund if the event has to be cancelled.”
Early bird tickets are now on sale until 30th June – £10 Adult, £5 Child and an additional group discount for 10 or more people. Dogs are also welcome.
Jess added: “While participant’s entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the walk, every pound and penny they raise through sponsorship goes towards helping us support vulnerable men, women and children in our care.
“There is no minimum sponsorship target, but we hope people will aim to raise as much as possible to help us through this extremely challenging time so we can support as many people as possible.”
Further details and tickets can be found online at www.circuitofbathwalk.co.uk.