From Jo Blackburn, interim chief executive, Earl Mountbatten Hospice:
Now any aches, pains and blisters should be well and truly healed, may I publicly and sincerely thank all those involved with this year’s Walk the Wight.
Whether you were a walker, one of the scores of volunteers who helped us in the run-up and on the day or one of the event sponsors, everyone at Earl Mountbatten Hospice is extremely grateful for your contribution.
As our largest single fundraising event, Walk the Wight is vital to our work in providing support to 1,800 patients each year both within the hospice and out in the community. We were delighted that — once again — many thousands of people took part in the walk despite blustery conditions and that a substantial sum of money will once again be raised.
It was a 'first’ for me, and for myself, husband John and our dogs it was a truly inspirational experience. We were accompanied by our friend and Islander, Paul Swain, and we all had a most enjoyable time.
It was humbling to witness the stories that inspired people to pick up their walking boots or to help people along the route. The fact several taking part did so despite their own individual challenges was remarkable and a tribute to the spirit and generosity of the IW community.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Walk the Wight. We are planning a special Silver Jubilee event and hope participation levels will be even higher than this year.
We’ve already started thinking about how to mark this occasion and would welcome ideas on how best to celebrate it, so do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you once again for all your support.