Although we had only 220 walkers this year they and their sponsors were as generous as always and so far we have raised over £10,000 and are hopefull of a final total over £12500 - that means that the four walks completed have so far raised over £50,000 for our local hospices. We are still able to receive sponsorship money from those who have not yet sent it in and in the near future we will be applying for to HMRC for Gift Aid in respect of qualifying donations.
In June we distributed £8,000 to the four hospices (£2k each) and the remainder will be forwarded to them as soon as the Gift aid money is received.
In the next month we expect to be announcing the date of the 2015 Navigation Walk which will be organised by the same group of Rotary Clubs as previously but the Rotary Club of Mirfield will be taking on the lead Role.
A great day for the Navigation Walk
Thank you to all 220 of people who walked the Navigation Walk today and helped raise what will undoubtedly be thousands of pounds for the four hospices. Despite the weather forecast all our walkers returned to their finish points quite dry having enjoyed near ideal waling conditions even if one or two parts of the route were a little slippy underfoot.
If any of our walkers have comments and suggestions for improvement to the walk can they please email them through our contact facility on the web site.
Once sponsorship money has been raised it can be paid in through the website Paypal connection or be sent by post to the Registration Officer - address on the sponsorship form. If your sponsors have signed up for Gift Aid then please send the completed sponsor form to the Registration Officer - without it we cannot claim the Gift Aid from HMRC.
We shall update the website again in due course as to progress with the fundraising and dates for presentations to the Hospices.
Who is it for?
The walk is for everyone who wishes to join us in raising funds for the four Hospices which provide excellent service to the public of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield namely, Overgate Hospice, Kirkwood Hospice, Wakefield Hospice and the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. Each Hospice will receive an equal share of whatever money is raised by the event.
ROTARY NAVIGATION WALK – Girl power support for the Hospices
Staff and students from Wakefield Girls High Senior School are going the full distance on 19.6 miles from Sowerby Bridge to Horbury in the 2014 Rotary Navigation Walk on Sunday 6th April to raise money for Wakefield Hospice, Kirkwood Hospice, Overgate Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. The High school team consisting of 9 staff members and 4 senior students has been co-ordinated by Mr Brent Carlin who said “It’s great to be part of an event raising money for such a great cause.”
Registration for the 4th Rotary Navigation Walk is well underway with over 100 people already registered 3 weeks ahead of the event. It is anticipated that over 300 people will walk on Sunday 6 April and with distance options from 2.5 to 19.6 miles on level footpaths it is a walk open to all ages and abilities.
Free transport to start points can be provided for walkers registering before 25th March. It is possible to register at the various start points on the day but transport cannot be guaranteed.
Start and Finish Points
Start and Finish points will be:
- The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge;
- The Barge and Barrel, Elland;
- Bethel Street Car Park, Brighouse;
- The Navigation Tavern, Mirfield;
- The Ponderosa, Heckmondwike;
- Tesco's Car Park , Cleckheaton and
- The Navigation Inn, Horbury.
Walkers are asked when registering to indicate which locations they would like to start and finish at so that we can make suitable arrangements for parking, transport, awarding of certificates and safety
To assist walkers we provide a brief description of each section between the different Start/Finish points – the details are provided on the registration forms. Briefly:
- The sections from Brighouse to Elland and Elland to Sowerby Bridge are suitable for pushchairs.
- The section from Brighouse to Mirfield is the most difficult section but is suitable for able bodied walkers.
- Mirfield to Horbury has 1/4mile difficult section for pushchairs but is otherwise suitable for all walkers.
- The Spen Valley Greenway is a wide and even tarmac path with very shallow inclines and as such is suitable for all walkers, including pushchairs and wheelchair users, however, wheelchair users are advised not to use the canal tow path to either Horbury or Mirfield.
A Health and Safety Advice sheet is provided to each walker and is available under Our Information for Walkers drop down menu above.
Free transport for pre-registered walkers is provided to their chosen start point from any of the Start and Finish Points. All walkers are to be at their desired start point prior to 10am and we try to ensure those walking the full 19.4 miles are at their start points for 8.30am (brisk walking time approx 7 hours). Only those walkers who register before Tuesday 25 March are guaranteed free transport. A bus time table will be produced once we have a clear picture of need and places will then be allocated to specific buses.
Registration for Rotary Navigation 2014 will open online on this website on 1 February 2014 and we have arranged through Paypal for both Registration fees, donations, sponsorship money to be paid via the internet if so wished. As in previous years hard copy Registration Forms may be downloaded from this website and sent with the appropriate fee to The Registration officer at the address given on the form. Registration forms can also be requested by telephoning 01924 279836 – an answer phone facility is in place for messages to be left.
- Registration Fee for adults is £6 and for children (under the age of 16 years) is £1.
- Children under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Full terms and conditions can be read under the drop down menu above titled 'Information for Walkers' .
Sponsorship and Gift Aid
The 2013 walk's magnificent total of nearly £16,500 could not have been achieved without our walkers being sponsored, and about 75% also managed to get their sponsors to sign up to Gift Aid which made a difference of over £2000. Sponsorship forms will be sent to everyone who registers for the walk either electronically or via conventional mail systems. Please try and get as much sponsorship as you can and encourage all eligible sponsors to sign up for Gift Aid. Also remember that without the completed sponsor form or an electronic copy of it – we will not be able to claim Gift Aid – so please send it to us after you have collected the money.
Other Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors for the Rotary Navigation 2014 are very welcome. Clearly sponsorship and support can take many forms and we have been grateful in previous years for cash to cover some of our expenses, free transport, bottled water, fruit, tee shirts, publicity, reduced cost of printing and Easter Eggs all of which contributed to reducing the costs and increasing the enjoyment factor of raising money for four wonderful hospices. In return for such support we will seek to promote a Sponsor's involvement in the local press, with our walkers and through this website. Advertisements can be placed on our website for £25 and we welcome support in the form of transport, food and drink, or goods which can be given to walkers on the day.
Who are the organisers?
Rotary Clubs from the Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield areas listed on the right have combined forces to organise, administer and then manage the Rotary Navigation Walk. The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix is taking the lead on the administration and financial management of the event on behalf of the other clubs. Many other Rotary Clubs from within West Yorkshire are also lending their support. You can make contact with the organisers by utilising the 'contact us' menu above or by telephone to The Registration Officer on 01924 279836, or by mail to The Registration Officer, at 11 Cliffe Crest, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 6NL.