KHIST Charity Walk 2018 – Update 1

As promised, we will be keeping our members and other Harriers fans, regularly advised of progress towards next year’s walk, which is being arranged in support of the British Heart Foundation.

The Trust has now received news from Dave Pountney, who has been involved in the organisation of previous KHIST/KHFC charity walks to Forest Green Rovers, Telford United, and Gloucester City (Cheltenham). Dave has had “a busy few weeks”, but is now moving on with planning and has asked us to pass on his comments.

Firstly Dave has requested those of you who have already advised him of their intentions to reconfirm “whether you are a yes, no or maybe”. He’s hoping that many of you will, once again, be “up for the challenge” and is really encouraged that about 20 people have already confirmed they will be walking to Alfreton.

Particular mention has been made of KHIST member and long term Harriers’ supporter, Dave Hall, (who has provided the support vehicle for all three previous walks). Dave is a tireless campaigner for the Worcestershire branch of BHF and this is where the monies received are to be donated.

It had been intended to arrange an informal meeting for Tuesday 28th November, but this had to be postponed due to the replay of the Harriers’ F A Trophy match with Boston United. This will be rearranged for an early date. It should not take more than 30 minutes so, hopefully you will be able to turn out to show your support and assist with ongoing planning. A new date and venue will be advised, shortly.

In the meantime, Dave has requested intended participants to let him know their thoughts. He’s already aware that some are planning to walk for one or two days, depending on their personal circumstances but some hardy souls are signing up for all three days. Others are planning to cycle the route. The important factor is that everyone’s efforts will be rewarded by the substantial charitable contributions the walk will attract and, as Dave says, “the more the merrier!”

Donations can be made via the website (which is the same as that used in previous years and is already active:

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/khfcwalk

The following embryo plans can now be confirmed:

Thursday 15th March – The group will make a very early departure from Aggborough towards Birmingham. Once in the city walkers will follow the canal to Tamworth – A total distance of 35 miles.

Friday 16th March – Walkers will follow the canal from Tamworth through Burton before reaching the outskirts of Derby. They will then continue to Derby City Centre. Just a short walk of 29 miles

Saturday 17th March – It’s expected that the ranks may well be swelled for the final leg, taking in the 16 miles from Derby to Alfreton, in time for the Harriers fixture, that afternoon.

Walkers will, of course, be welcome to arrange their own accommodation. However, a limited number of rooms has provisionally been booked in both Tamworth and Derby. The total cost per person, for 2 nights, will be £35, for which Dave will need to receive advance payment on a ‘first come’ basis.

Finally, this will be the fourth occasion that Kidderminster Harriers’ supporters will be walking for a chosen charity and, with substantial sums having been raised for some excellent causes, it’s a realistic ambition to exceed an overall total of £100,000. Dave thinks we should all be very proud!