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.
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.
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.
- November 2020 Lockdown 2.0 Coast2Coast Challenge – 180 miles. In teams of two we took on a virtual Wainwright Coast to Coast from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.
- May 2020 LEJOG Lockdown Challenge – 970 miles. A ‘virtual walk’ undertaken by eight teams of eight walkers (and some on bicycles) from Land’s End to John O’Groats (‘LEJOG’), raising £23,000 for Norfolk charities supporting young carers affected by the national lockdown; and over £45,000 for all four charities chosen by our teams of walkers.
- September 2019 Norwich to Walsingham – 37 miles. A three-day group walk raising £15,000 for Norfolk charities supporting unpaid carers.
- April-June 2018 ‘Modern Pilgrimage’ to Santiago de Compostela – 1500 miles. A solo walk by James Bagge, starting at King’s Lynn, and raising £70,000 for Norfolk charities supporting unpaid carers.