Five miles towards warmer homes and hearts this Winter.
Calling all brave souls and generous hearts: wrap up warm, defy the wintry chills and don your best walking shoes to take on our 5 mile challenge, Walking in Their Shoes, in aid of some of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
Now in its sixth year, the annual HHUGS Winter Walk is back! 2019 sees us return to the heart of central London, Hyde Park, and the scenic views of Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire. And now, for the very first time, we will be bringing Walking in Their Shoes to Manchester!
This year, with a record number of arrests, a growing number of affected families and rising poverty in the UK, we want our sixth Annual Winter Walk to be bigger and better than ever! Every step you take on the day is critical to provide vulnerable families with the support they desperately need in this trying winter period. So bring friends and family a long, strap up your walking boots and join us for a five mile walk and an enjoyable day out for all the family.
The fruit of your footsteps-
For the past six years, we have come together to brave the winter chill, all in aid of the hundreds of families impacted by counter-terror measures.. Through your amazing efforts you have:
- Provided warm clothing for hundreds of children growing up without a father
- Provided duvets and blankets to protect families from the night’s chill
- Kept families warm by paying for gas and heating bills for those unable to cover basic costs
- Sheltered families through the harsh winter by covering their rent
What is the Walking in their Shoes Challenge? Where is it happening?
It is a stunning 5 mile Winter Walk taking place across 3 major cities. This is in support of the families impacted by counter terror measures to stay warm, healthy and safe this winter.
The London walk will be taking place in Hyde Park, one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens, there’s a good chance you’ll forget you are right in the centre of London.
The Bradford walk will be taking place at Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey is Yorkshire’s best day out. Its landscape is the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes, and the 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, a landscape of history and legend with the Priory ruins, woodland, moorland paths and a walk along the riverside.
The Manchester walk will be at Platt Fields Park, one of Manchester’s principal parks. In the heart of the inner city, the park harks back to Edwardian times with a long, colourful and fascinating history and is rich with birdlife. The park has a variety of exquisite features such as its central boating lake, a labyrinth, a freshwater brook, wooded glades and hilly areas, and its sunken Shakespearean garden and a formal rose garden.
How do I get there?
Hyde Park is very accessible by tube and buses and there are car parking facilities available nearby.
The postcode for the park is W2 2UH. The postcode is for guidance only as the park covers a large area.
By Tube/ Train
Nearest tube stations: Hyde Park Corner served by the Piccadilly line.
Green Park served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Line
Bus routes: 9, 10, 52 all stops near Queen Elizabeth Gate
Bolton Abbey Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 6EX
Bolton Abbey is located just off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate, easily accessible from major roads and railways. If you are using a satellite navigation system, please use the post code BD23 6EX. This brings you to Bolton Abbey village for access to Priory Church & ruins and walks to the riverside.
Arriving by bus
· North Yorkshire minibus service 74A from Ilkley and Grassington (Mondays and Wednesdays)
· Pride of the Dales service 74 from Ilkley and Grassington (Saturdays)
· DalesBus service 874 from Wakefield, Leeds, Otley and Ilkley (Sundays and Bank Holidays)
· DalesBus service 873 from Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Embsay and Skipton (Sundays and Bank Holidays)
All these services also stop at Bolton Bridge (Devonshire Arms), Bolton Abbey Village Green and Strid Wood.
For timetable information visit www.dalesbus.org<http://www.dalesbus.org/>
Visitors arriving on bus 74 to Bolton Abbey can alight at the Village Green, from here there is access by foot to the Priory Church & Ruins and wider estate.
Bolton Abbey car park is closest to the Priory Church and Ruins and Stepping Stones.
For satellite navigation follow BD23 6EX
Riverside car park adjacent to the river Wharfe and designated barbeque area, close to the Cavendish Pavilion and entrance to Strid Wood. For satellite navigation BD23 6AN
Strid Wood car park at the northern end of the Estate. For satellite navigation follow BD23 6AN.
Platt Fields Park
Platt Fields is located in South Central Manchester, roughly 2 miles from the city centre. It borders Rusholme, Fallowfield and Moss Side and can easily be reached on foot or by bus from the centre of Manchester.
On the east side of the park is Wilmslow Road, said by some to be the busiest bus route in Europe! Many services go from the Piccadilly Garden bus station to parts of Manchester south of the park, and stop by the park. These include the following services:
42 (MANCHESTER – RUSHOLME – E. DIDSBURY – STOCKPORT)
43 (MANCHESTER – DIDSBURY – WYTHENSHAWE – AIRPORT),
44 (MANCHESTER – GATLEY),
46 & 47 (MANCHESTER – RUSHOLME – CHORLTON Circular (1 each direction)),
48 (MANCHESTER – WITHINGTON – NORTHENDEN),
140 (MANCHESTER – RUSHOLME – WEST DIDSBURY),
141 (WILBRAHAM ROAD – WILMSLOW ROAD – MANCHESTER),
142 (MANCHESTER – UNIVERSITY – EAST DIDSBURY),
143 (MANCHESTER – UNIVERSITY – RUSHOLME – W DIDSBURY).
On the west side of the park the 111 service stops on Yew Tree Road, on its way from Piccadilly Gardens to Southern Cemetery (via West Didsbury) and back again.
If travelling into Manchester by train, you can catch any of these buses from Oxford Road just outside Oxford Road Station, or from Piccadilly Gardens, a short walk from Piccadilly Station.
The park has a carpark, accessible via Langley Rd (off Wilmslow Rd, on the corner with USDAW trade union office). Please note that the carpark and Wilmslow Road can sometimes get very busy, so you may wish to consider public transport, cycling or parking further away.
Who can take part in the Winter Walk?
Absolutely anyone who is fit and able to walk can participate in our winter walk. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is open to both individuals and groups, so please invite your friends, families, neighbours and colleagues to join you. If you’re part of a Scout, youth group or school why not get your colleagues involved?
For Bolton Abbey, we will have a separate route that is pram/pushchair and wheelchair access friendly. Pre-booked electric mobility scooters are available to hire between April and October from the Village or Cavendish Gift Shops. Manual wheelchairs are available all year round. To pre-book, contact 01756 718009 during office hours or 01756 710663 at weekends.
How fit do I need to be?
You will be walking 5 miles around a public park for 2 – 3.5 hours. People of all fitness levels are welcome to the challenge, and hence why people are willing to sponsor you to do the walk. If you have any medical conditions, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers are advisable), warm and waterproof clothing.
Are the walking routes difficult?
The routes are generally gentle to stroll through and trouble-free. Risk assessments have been conducted and stewards will be informed on the day of any spots which require attention.
How would I know what route to take? And what if I get lost or injured along during the Walk?
Prior to the walk, we will have a group event briefing and you will receive a route map with details of what to do in the unlikely event of getting lost and injured. There will also be HHUGS volunteers and qualified First Aid representatives to help you along your walk.
What should I bring with me?
Bring a water proof jacket and/or umbrella, a water bottle and a fully charged mobile phone. Lunch will be provided during the walk.
What do I do when I arrive to the event?
Upon arrival, you will need to register at the Registration Desk in the in the Kingston Gate Car Park/ Riverside Car Park. There you will be issued with a map of the route and other items.
My family are not participating, but can they come to the Winter Walk?
Of course your family can come! This is a family event; their support will encourage your participation, and it would be great to see them waiting for you at the finishing point. There are facilities for your family and friends to enjoy, while they wait for you to complete your walk.
· Serpentine kitchen
· Lido café
· Cavendish Pavilion
· Tea Cottage
· Abbey Tea Rooms
· Buffers Coffee Shop
· Strid Wood Tea Rooms
· Devonshire Brasserie
· Burlington Restaurant
· The Devonshire Fell
· Tea on the Green
· Priory Church and Ruins
· Strid Wood and the Strid
· Stepping Stones
· Valley of Desolation & Simon’s Seat
How much do I need to fundraise?
We ask each adult participant to pay £10 and each child (12 and under) to pay £5 for a registration fee (which includes light refreshments). Under 3s are free.
We ask all participants to fundraise an additional £150. We are confident however that with a little effort, participants can easily raise far more than the minimum £150 target!
Is there a deadline to pay the registration fee?
Yes, your registration fee must reach us by the following dates:
LONDON: Friday 1st February 2019, 11.59pm
MANCHESTER: Thursday 7th February 2019, 11.59pm
BRADFORD: Thursday 21st February 2019, 11.59pm
I have never fundraised before, where do I start?
Check out our Fundraising Tips to start you off.
I cannot make it to Manchester, London or Bradford, can I organise my own Walking in Their Shoes Event?
Of course you can! You are most welcome to organise your own walk with friends, families and colleagues or even by yourself!
Please contact us so we can advise you thus you can have a safe and enjoyable walk for HHUGS. There will be no registration fee in this case. We can still create a crowdfunding page for you if required.
Alternatively, if walking isn’t for you but you’d still like to fundraise, why not take part in our Warmer Winter Challenge? Take up the challenge to raise just £3.33 a day this winter to keep the hearth alight in the home of a HHUGS family. This is a challenge you can complete from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about taking time off work or arranging childcare. It’s as simple as sharing a post or message via email or over social media -something all of us do several times a day, every day. For less than the cost of a meal deal lunch, you could be saving a life this winter.
To spice things up a bit and give friends and family a bigger incentive to donate, you may wish to set yourself an additional challenge. These could involve making lifestyle changes that will help you get a better understanding of what a HHUGS family is facing this winter. Some popular options include:
* Committing to live on cold food for a week
* Committing to live without central heating for three days
* Committing to live by candle light for a week
* Camping outdoors in your garden for one night
Click here to learn more about our Warmer Winter Challenge
Will there be an area to perform prayer?
Yes, we will set up a prayer area and ablution can be performed in the WC facilities in the park.
Is this event suitable for children?
Yes, the Hyde Park walk and Platt Fields Park walk is suitable for children. However, if your child suffers from any health problems, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk. In Bolton Abbey, we will have a separate route for pushchairs.
How will the money I raise be utilised?
The money raised will go towards the cost of winter bills as well as vouchers for warm clothing for our families, as part of our WARM HHUGS Winter campaign. Please visit our website for more details.
There are many ways to fundraise and when you sign up to the Winter Walk, we will share our great ideas and we are always at hand to give you further support.
Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. Or why not create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!
To create your page
- Visit www.justgiving.com, www.muslimgiving.com or btmydonate.com or Charity Choice
- Click on Make Your Page
- Search and select HHUGS
- Follow the simple step-by-step instructions
- Share it with others easily via email, Facebook, Twitter, text.
- If you’ve chosen to use Justgiving, why not set up a text code too so that your friends and family can donate towards your walk with a simple SMS?! Follow this link for instructions https://justgiving.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200669481-Setting-up-your-text-code
- Once you have made your page don’t forget to send us the link by emailing email@example.com
- Contact your local mosque or circle to support you by making an announcement of the event and help you to fundraise.
- Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend
- Distribute leaflets to raise awareness amongst family and friends
- Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising
- Visit your local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you
- We will send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work and even at the till of a shop, restaurant, café or library.
- Get your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved.
- Use our Sponsorship Form to help you raise funds
- Use Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to promote your walk, through status updates, posting photos during the walk, making videos, sending messages and creating groups and event pages to encourage others to attend!
- Break your target down into smaller amounts – e.g. 15 friends to give £10 and you’ve hit your target in no time!
- If that doesn’t work for you try daily targets on social media e.g. help me reach £10 today (5 people to give £2 via text); weekly ones e.g. £25 a week – in six weeks you will have reached your target.
- Use the images we send you to promote your walk and fundraising on your own social media page and on WhatsApp.
UK taxpayers can make their donation go further. The government will give a further 25% of your donation to the charity, and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors a thing. So remind all your tax paying sponsors to tick the gift aid box – this includes those who are giving cash or cheques if they are using the sponsorship form.
Without a declaration, we won’t be able to claim the Gift Aid on donations towards your sponsorship!
Remember, HHUGS are here to help by sending you leaflets, collection buckets and sponsorship forms so you can kick-start your fundraising!
How to send your sponsorship money to us:
Your own fundraising pages
If you have set up your own page, please send us the website address. Thereafter, there isn’t anything further you need to do as your donation page will transfer the money directly to HHUGS bank account on a weekly basis.
Our JustGiving Team Page
You can also donate on the official HHUGS Winter Walk Event Page with ‘Winter Walk [Your Name]’ as a reference.
Cheque or Postal Order
Cheque or Postal Orders should be made payable to ‘HHUGS’ with reference ‘Winter Walk [Your Name]’ and sent to: HHUGS, Office 36, 80-90 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8PN
Al Rayan Bank
Sort Code: 30-00-83
Account number: 01269701
with the reference ‘Winter Walk [Your Name]’
Call us on 0207 733 2104 during working hours to pay your sponsorship by card. Pay online via our website www.hhugs.org.uk/donate
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
- Pre-event registration is essential.
- You must undertake to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship money for HHUGS in London, £100 in Bradford and £50 in Manchester.
- A registration fee of £10 for adults and £5 for children under 13 needs to be paid by Friday 1st February for London, Thursday 7th February 11:59 pm for Manchester and Thursday 21st February for Bradford.
- All funds raised through the event must be payable to HHUGS.
- If you are unable to take up your place for the Winter Walk, all sponsorship forms and sponsorship monies collected should be forwarded to HHUGS or returned to your sponsors.
- Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants take part at their own risk. If you have any medical conditions, please seek advice from your GP before embarking on this Winter Walk.
- We reserve the right to stop any participant from walking for health and safety reasons, or due to any incident of misbehaviour.
- You consent to HHUGS contacting you via telephone, letter or e-mail for any matter relating to your fundraising and your participation in this event.
- You agree to HHUGS storing information provided by you on our database.
- HHUGS discourages aggressive techniques to gain sponsorship and requests all fundraisers to ensure compliance with legal, health and safety standards.