2021 – 1,000 mile walk challenge for mind, body, and Sage House Dementia Support Unit
If only we could measure chatter and laughter, or even those amazing views, or the joy from local knowledge researched and shared by our walk leaders. We would have been to the moon and back – 477,910 miles!
Despite the challenges of organising 3 separate covid-safe groups for each walk, chilly weather, discrepancies in the mileage count, and eating shortbread for fear of offending, we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves since the start of our 2021 – 1,000 mile walk. It has kept us connected through lock down, and helped us focus on getting through these strange and isolating times.
We have felt privileged to enjoy our coast and countryside in such good company, whilst exercising and exploring areas some of us did not know were there! We have learnt about our local history, and wildlife – and even about Jan’s family, as one of our few Bognor born and bred members!
To date, 20 of our members have completed 6 walks, some on all the walks and some walking when they can. We have collectively walked 306.25 miles – the miles for each walk are multiplied by the number of walkers. We are well on our way to the 1,000 mile target by our Annual Meeting in October.
During the summer, strolls, short walks and day long walks will be introduced into the programme, so that as many members of our WI as possible can be involved, if they want to. Another way to get on board is to sponsor the walkers and details about that are in The Buzz. All donations will go to Sage House Dementia Support Unit at Tangmere.
Dementia Week 17 – 24 May
For these and more 1000 mile walk photos click here.
words & photos: Jan Marsden