Walking 26 miles from Winchester to Salisbury
Team name: The Rohan Roamers
Team members: Jeff, Matt and Angie from Rohan Winchester
On Sunday the 5th of June we are walking 26 miles from Winchester cathedral to Salisbury cathedral along the Clarendon Way to raise money for local children’s charity Naomi House.
Naomi House and Jacksplace are hospices for children and young adults that provide support to children and young people with conditions that mean they are unlikely to live to become adults. The charity provides care to families and young adults living in communities across the seven counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. The charity has two specialist units, Naomi House for children, and Jacksplace for young adults. Each unit is purpose built and offers an appropriate environment for each age group. It costs around £5 million a year to run the two units.
The charity receives around 10% of its funding from the Department of Health. The remaining £4.5million is raised by people and businesses across region. The support given by Naomi House is unique in the central south. It delivers a range of services to help to relieve families from the day to day pressures of looking after a child or young person with a life limiting condition.
The Clarendon Way takes its name from the ruins of Clarendon Palace just outside Salisbury. An apt name for a route which traces history through the beautiful Wessex countryside. Starting in the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester we will trace the route of medieval pilgrims past remains of Roman walls to the picturesque twelfth century St Cross Hospital before climbing above the city to Olivers Battery where the Roundheads shelled the city in 1645. From here the route follows the Roman round between Venta Belgarum (Winchester) and Old Sarum (just north of Salisbury). Along the way we will cross the hills of Farley Mount country park passing a monument to ‘Beware Chalk Pit’ a horse which survived a fall into a 25ft chalk pit with its rider two centuries ago. The route passes through several picturesque English villages crossing the river Test before reaching Clarendon park where we get our first glimpse of Salisbury Cathedrals’ spire rising in the distance.
An immense challenge and one which we are all looking forward to. If you want to support us please drop in to Rohan in the Square to talk to us or log on to our fund raising page where you can donate on-line and catch up on our progress with our journal and pictures.
Jeff, Matt & Angie