Walking4Norfolk Challenge 2021

The W4N 2021 Challenge commenced on Wednesday 12th May ‘in virtual terms’ at Norwich Cathedral and runs until the last team gets to Paris.

39 teams representing 24 charities will be walking ‘virtually’ from Norwich to Notre-Dame, Paris, to raise much-needed funds for their chosen causes. Each team of five will aggregate their individual daily walking totals to propel their team flag along the virtual route of 375 miles.

You can follow their progress on the Leaderboard.

When the last team’s flag crosses the ‘finishing line’ in Paris, the walkers will have covered a combined total of 14,625 miles… more than half way around the globe!

Support them on their way. Visit their team pages and you can donate to their separate causes by hitting the donate button.

Teams will be fundraising for their chosen charity (each charity’s teams are listed on the charity pages) and Walking4Norfolk will collect an entirely voluntary donation or entrance fee, at the discretion of the teams.

Walking4Norfolk fundraises for the Walking4Norfolk Fund for Unpaid Carers which is managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

About W4N

James Bagge founded Walking4Norfolk in 2018, inspired by the 100,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk who provide selfless support to ill, older or disabled family members, friends or partners. His fellow team members are Christopher Lloyd Owen, who is in charge of the Challenge coordination, and Anna Kasket, who manages design and publicity.

These ‘unsung heroes’ are thought to save local authority and NHS services in Norfolk £500 million a year, but they face many challenges and can become isolated without help. The money we raise funds projects run by a number of extraordinary local charities dedicated to alleviating the plight of Norfolk’s unpaid carers.

Walking4Norfolk, founded by James Bagge, raises funds for the Walking4Norfolk Fund for Unpaid Carers. Unpaid Carers are the devoted and selfless souls who care for their loved ones at home, saving the public purse hundreds of millions a year. They include the Young Carers (under 18), who are looking after a family member at the same time as pursuing their studies, juggling their caring duties with life as a child or teenager.

They receive nothing for this.

The Walking4Norfolk Fund is managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF) and provides grants to organisations offering projects to support Unpaid Carers, providing respite from their significant day-to-day caring commitments.

Background to the Challenge

We know charities have been having particularly difficult times raising funds during the pandemic, deprived of all the usual opportunities to raise profile and money. Likewise, businesses have found it increasingly difficult to build and motivate teams.

So let’s put 2020 behind us…

Last year, as a ‘Lockdown Challenge’, we undertook a ‘virtual’ walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. In other words, we walked the miles but not the actual route. That’s ‘virtual’ for you!

Ten teams shared the burden of accumulating the 900+ miles. And we raised approximately £45,000 for four separate charities.

We are inviting each team to donate 10% of their fundraising total to the Walking4Norfolk Fund for Unpaid Carers, once final amounts are in.

This is a voluntary contribution, but we hope that it will be viewed as a fair way for us to raise money for our own fund for Unpaid Carers.

In return, we are offering you the benefit of increased publicity for your charity or cause, a seamless system of tracking and tracing your combined mileage and, hopefully, increased fitness and stamina!

Past Challenges