First 50 Registrations for Free, Kids Under 12 Walk For Free.

SPARK CHANGE AND WALK WITH US THIS AUTUMN!

Hammersley Homes is hosting our first-ever charity walk, the Golden Steps Walk. This family-friendly event aims to raise awareness about mental illness and provide vital support to those experiencing isolation. We welcome participants of all ages and abilities, by taking part, you will be making a meaningful difference to the lives of vulnerable adults with metal health challenges.

Together, we can transform the future for those in need, one step at a time.

Every stride you take helps the 550,000 individuals battling schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other psychoses. Help us build our community and reach even more people who need our support.

Join us on 13th September at 5:30pm, whether you are looking to get out in nature and enjoy the outdoors, get more active, or to create lasting memories with family and friends, our Golden Steps Walk is the perfect event to get involved with. Every Step Makes a Difference, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, the Golden Steps Walk welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. Walk solo, with loved ones, or in memory of someone special.

Together, let’s create a brighter future for those in need.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE & TIME

13th September 2024. Start time is 5:30 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes early. The event wraps up by 7:30 PM.

LOCATION

Wilverley Plain Car Park.
For detailed travel information,
click here.

PRICE

CHILDREN BELOW 12 YEARS:
Two children per adult walk for free. Registration is still required.

SELF-FUNDING:
Pay the full event cost of £5; fundraise whatever you want, with no set target or deadline.

CHARITY SPONSORSHIP:
Pay no registration fee. Commit to raising a minimum of £10, and we will cover your event cost!

DISTANCE & ROUTE

The distance is 5K.
For detailed route, kindly click here.

FACILITIES

Toilets are available near the car park. Trail is suitable for different ages and abilities.

WHAT ARE YOU SUPPORTING?

Watch our video to learn more about Hammersley Homes and the difference your participation makes.

YOUR IMPACT

charity impact graph

REGISTRATION IN 4 EASY STEPS

Join Us: Click on “Register Now” and join a community of like- minded individuals who care deeply about mental health and making a difference.

Create Your Fundraising Page:
Set up your online fundraising page through Total Giving. When prompted, select “Golden Steps” from the campaign options.

After registration, you’ll receive your fundraising toolkit via email. You can also download it here, which includes a leaflet, posters, fundraising ideas, and a sponsorship form.

Start Fundraising: Reach out to friends and family, host a bake sale,
lemonade stand, or game night to gather support.

Share Your Journey

Post your fundraising page on social media at least once a week. Remind your network about your mission, tag @hammersleyhomes, and use #GoldenSteps #AutumnWalk2024. We’ll highlight your efforts by sharing them on our social media channels.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN ON THE DAY?

WARM UP

Start your walk right with a fun warm-up
session alongside your fellow walkers.

ON THE ROUTE

Enjoy a clearly marked path, support from our marshals, and a few benches along the way to rest as well.

FINISH LINE CELEBRATION UP

Our volunteers will be there to cheer you on with a well-deserved applause!

SPECIAL MESSAGE UP

Add a heartfelt message to our big card for the individuals we support.

REWARDS FOR YOU

COMPLETION REWARD

All participants who complete the walk and raise a minimum of £10 will receive a Hammersley Homes pin badge, bottled water, and a healthy snack bar.

TOP SPONSORS

The highest sponsors will receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Certificates and will be featured in our newsletter.

RETURN YOUR DONATION

**We prefer to receive donations 2-4 weeks before the walk to help us prepare effectively. **

  • CASH: If you collect cash, add the amount to your fundraising page by making a personal donation of the same amount. For assistance, contact us at goldensteps@hammersleyhomes.org.
  • DROP-OFF: Visit us at Suite 113, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9ZG, Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • BANK TRANSFER: Email goldensteps@hammersleyhomes.org for details on how to transfer your funds.
  • TOTAL GIVING PAGE: Share your fundraising page with friends and family and add donations directly.
  • CHEQUE: Send your collected donations by cheque to our address.
  • EVENT DAY: Bring your donations on the day of the event. If possible, email us a rough estimate of your total donations two weeks prior to help us track numbers efficiently.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: What is the Golden Steps Autumn Walk?

A: The Golden Steps Autumn Walk is a charity event hosted by Hammersley Homes to raise awareness and support for individuals with mental health challenges. It’s a family-friendly 5K walk suitable for all ages and abilities.

Q: When and where is the event taking place?

A: The event will take place on 13th September 2024, starting at 5:30 PM at Wilverley Plain Car Park. Please arrive 15 minutes early. The event wraps up by 7:30 PM.

Q: Who can take part in the walk?

A: Anyone can join the walk! The path is accessible for wheelchairs and baby strollers. However, it is important to note that there are some steep inclines along the route, which may pose challenges for those pushing prams or wheelchairs. Participants under 12 must be registered and accompanied by someone 18 or older.

Q: How can I register for the walk?

A: You can register by visiting our registration page on the website and completing the form, selecting your ticket type, and making a payment if required.

Q: Is there a deadline for registration?

A: The deadline for registration is 31st August 2024. We recommend registering early to secure your spot and take advantage of the free registrations for the first 50 participants.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Yes, dogs are welcome. For safety and enjoyment, dogs must be on a lead at all times and wear a muzzle if required by law.

Q: What fitness levels do I need for the walk?

A: The walk is designed for moderate fitness levels. Walkers can complete the course in 45-120 mins. Runners might complete it in 20-50 minutes. You can prepare using the “Couch to 5K” app by the NHS, a 9-week program to build running stamina. The walk is self-paced, so walking, jogging, or running are all welcome.

Q: When to check with your doctor before training?

A: Although moderate physical activity such as brisk walking is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start any training or exercise program if any of the following apply:

  • You have heart disease.
  • You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • You have kidney disease.
  • You have arthritis.
  • You’re being treated for cancer, or you’ve recently completed cancer treatment.
  • You have high blood pressure.

Q: How can I volunteer for the walk?

A: Interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you! Email us at goldensteps@hammersleyhomes.org. Volunteers must be 16 or older.

TICKETING OPTIONS

Q: What are the ticketing options available?

A: We offer three types of tickets:

  • Standard Registration (£5): Pay the full event cost, and fundraise whatever is possible for you, with no minimum requirement.
  • Charity Sponsorship (Free): If you commit to raising a minimum of £10, you do not need to pay the registration fee. However, if you fail to raise your committed pledge, you will have to pay the £10 before the walk on 13th September 2024.
  • Children (Free): Up to two children under 12 can walk for free per registered adult.

Q: What does the Charity Sponsorship option entail?

A: If you choose the Charity Sponsorship option, you commit to raising a minimum of £10. If you succeed, you do not pay the registration fee. However, if you do not succeed in raising your pledged amount, you will have to pay the £10 yourself before the walk on 13th September 2024. We provide support and resources to help you meet your fundraising goals.

Q: Do children need to register?

A: Yes, children under 12 need to register even if walking for free. This helps us manage the event better and ensures we have necessary details for all participants.

Q: What about children aged 13-16 years?

A: Children aged 13-16 must be registered with either a Standard or Charity Sponsorship ticket type under an adult’s registration. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Q: How do I pay for my ticket?

A: Payment can be made via credit/debit card during the registration process. If you choose the Charity Sponsorship option, no payment is required at the time of registration.

FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS

Q: How can I start fundraising?

A: After registering, you can create your fundraising page through Total Giving by selecting “Golden Steps Autumn Walk 2024” from the campaign options. Share your page with friends and family to gather support.

Q: How will I receive my fundraising toolkit?

A: Your fundraising toolkit, including a leaflet, and a sponsorship form, will be sent to you via email after registration. You can also download it from here.

Q: Can I donate on the day of the event?

A: Yes, you can bring your donations on the day of the event. If possible, email us a rough estimate of your total donations two weeks prior to help us track numbers efficiently.

EVENT DAY INFORMATION

Q: What should I bring on the day of the walk?

A: Please bring the following items for the walk:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Bring your own filled bottle. We will have limited water bottles available, and please dispose of any bottles responsibly in designated bins to avoid littering.
  • Appropriate Clothing: Check the weather and dress in breathable sports gear. Well-fitting trainers are essential to prevent blisters or sore feet.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4- or 5-star rating.
  • Mobile Phone: Ensure your phone is fully charged for security purposes.
  • Participant ID Number: Bring your ID number provided during registration.
  • Essentials Only: We do not offer a bag drop facility, so bring only what you need.
  • Donations you have collected, if want to handover during the event.

Q: Are there facilities available at the event location?

A: Yes, there are toilets available near the car park, and the trail is suitable for different ages and abilities.

Q: Is car park available?

A: Yes, parking is available but limited to 150 spaces. We encourage carpooling to ensure availability for all participants and other visitors to the forest.

Q: What happens if it rains on the day of the event?

A: The event will go on rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather. In the unlikely event of severe weather, we will notify participants of any changes via email and our social media channels.

Q: Is the walk accessible for people with disabilities?

A: Yes, the trail is suitable for different ages and abilities, including those with disabilities. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us in advance to ensure we can accommodate you.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at goldensteps@hammersleyhomes.org.

CONTACT US

goldensteps@hammersleyhomes.org

Suite 113, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9ZG
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 3 PM

We're excited to have you join us and support our mission to make a lasting impact on the lives of those with enduring mental health challenges.

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