Following on from last years success we are taking on the Wilberforce Way Challenge on the 24th June 2017. Last year we raised over £6,000. A target we are sure we can exceed this year.
There are six stunning routes to choose from, including a three mile accessible walk through York.
We hope you can join us.
The Wilberforce Way is a 60.5 mile linear trail devised to mark the bicentenary of the 1807 Act of Parliament abolishing British involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Wilberforce was also a passionate supporter of other charitable causes including the education of blind and partially sighted people, which is where the modern day Wilberforce Trust emerges. He himself had poor eyesight which, in the days before large print and audio, meant he had to retire early from his post as MP for Yorkshire.
The trail goes from Hull (where William Wilberforce was born), goes through Pocklington (where he went to school) to York (where he was declared M.P. for the County of Yorkshire). The walks visit some stunning Wolds landscape as well as covering locations of special importance in the struggle for human freedom and dignity.
There are six interconnected walks, including one shorter accessible walk, for you to take part in which between them cover the whole of the Wilberforce Way. Please choose and register to take part in only one of the following walks as the walks will take place at the same time on the same day:
Walk one: The Waterfront Way (10.8 miles) - The Deep (Hull) to Beverley Minster
Walk two: The Westwood Way (11.7 miles) - Beverley Minster to Goodmanham
Walk three: The Weighton Way (12.7 miles) - Pocklington to Goodmanham
Walk four: The Water Way (10.8 miles) - Sutton upon Derwent to Pocklington
Walk five: The Woods Way (11.3 miles) - Walmgate Stray (York) to Sutton upon Derwent
Accessible walk: The Walmgate Way (3.2 miles) - Walmgate Stray to York Minster – suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Minimum age14 years. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Entry fee £11
Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that will help fund our Yorsight Dual Sensory Mobile Unit, delivering sight and hearing health to remote areas of Yorkshire, so please set a fundraising target of at least £100 (or make a reasonable personal donation in lieu of this).
Your entry includes
• Fully led walk
• Free T-shirt
• Training guidance
• Fundraising support
• Transport from parking point to the start location if required with the exception of The Woods and The Walmgate Walk
• A certificate for all finishers
Alternatively you can download our registration form
Our Sponsorship form is also available to download
Each walk will be led by an experienced volunteer leader and will start at 9.45am with the exception of The Walmgate Way (accessible walk) which will start at 2.30pm
Details of each walk -
Walk One: The Waterfront Way (10.8 miles)- The Deep (Hull) to Beverley Minster
Walk from Hull to Dunswell and on to Beverley
Walk Two: The Westwood Way (11.7 miles) - Beverley Minster to Goodmanham
Walk from the Minster in Beverley to Cherry Burton, through Etton and towards Gardham ending at Goodmanham
Walk Three: The Weighton Way (12.7 miles) - Pocklington to Goodmanham
From Pocklington through Nunburnholme, Londesborough and Market Weighton to Goodmanham
Walk Four: The Water Way (10.8 miles) - Sutton upon Derwent to Pocklington
Sutton Upon Derwent to Pocklington via the Pocklington Canal across Melbourne Ings
Walk Five: The Woods Way (11.3 miles) - Walmgate Stray (York) to Sutton upon Derwent
From Walmgate Stray (close to the University of York) through Wheldrake and Elvington to Sutton upon Derwent
Accessible Walk: The Walmgate Way (3.2 miles) - Walmgate stray to York Minster – suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
From Walmgate Stray (close to the University of York) down to the River Ouse, over the Blue Bridge, Ouse Bridge and Lendal Bridge and on to York Minster via the Museum Gardens.
The Wilberforce Way, a 56 page full colour commemorative guide book giving detailed maps, photographs and instructions of the route together with historical and cultural information about the surrounding area and its connection with Wilberforce is available from the trust priced £5. (Please add £1.20 if you would like the book posting out, otherwise it can be collected from our offices in Huntington.)
If you would like to order one please email Anne Parkinson
Consider the weather conditions
It's important to take into account the potential weather conditions when choosing your kit. Always pack a rain coat even if it looks like it won’t rain. And if the forecast is for hot weather, consider taking extra water with you, and wearing lightweight clothing made from wicking material.
We have listed some clothing we think is essential for your walk:
• suitable footwear (canvas or leather boots with ankle support)
• walking socks
• comfortable shorts for hot days, or longer 3/4 or full length trousers when colder
• T-shirt or light shirt
• waterproof over trousers that can be put on over your shoes and boots if it rains
• mid layer fleece of appropriate thickness
• good waterproof and windproof jacket that's roomy with easily accessible pockets, or lighter jacket for milder conditions
• cap, hat or balaclava
• spare clothing if there is likely to be rain on the day (fleece, socks, hat and gloves)
• a daypack or rucksack with waterproof cover or lining (eg a plastic bag)
• Lunch, snacks, water
Depending on the weather, you will also need to consider bringing this equipment to help you with your walk:
• base layer made from wicking material
• sunglasses with good UVA/UVB filtering
• sunscreen and lip balm
Share your story
If you have a personal reason for supporting the Wilberforce Trust and you feel you can talk about it, share your motivation with potential supporters. It brings your fundraising to life and will help them understand why it’s important they get involved.
Don’t be afraid to ask
When you are looking for sponsors, don’t be afraid to ask. You’d be amazed how many apparently unlikely people support your cause (as sightloss is common, maybe they have someone in the family with sight loss) and how generous people can be.
Before the event, get creative with social and other media to promote your fundraising and when the big day arrives make sure you enjoy yourself! If you’re having a good time, so will everyone else and the more fun you have the more funds you’ll raise.
Let your supporters know how much they helped you to raise to help keep people with sight loss safe and independent. Your efforts and their funds will help to make a difference to the 10’s of 1000’s of people affected with sight loss in York and Yorkshire.
Maximise your money
Use Virgin Money Giving to create your own secure fundraising page (click on the “start fundraising” button). That way you can mail it to your friends, family and colleagues. Make sure that the first donation is high, as this will inspire others to be equally generous!
Personalise your page
Make it your own! Tell people what you’re doing, why you’re fundraising for us and what you’re hoping to achieve.
Write your own message on the page
• Upload your own photos and videos to the page
• Remember to promote your fundraising on Facebook and Twitter to get everyone you know to sponsor you.
• Make your fundraising go further with Gift Aid
Ask your sponsors to Gift Aid their donation if they are UK tax payers. This means that we receive an extra 25p for every £1 donated and it doesn’t cost you or them anything extra.