11 Jersey charities to benefit from this year’s Collas Crill Island Walk

| March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

11 Jersey charities spanning the old, the young, Islanders with learning disabilities and health and environment-related causes will benefit from this year’s Collas Crill Island Walk.

This year’s main charities are Les Amis and Age Concern.

Several other charities will also benefit from a share of the overall pot of sponsorship monies including Jersey Mencap, Diabetes Jersey, Caesarea Association, Helping Wings, Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group, Cat Action Trust 1977 Jersey branch and Jersey Bat Group.

Over the past 22 years, more than 18,000 walkers have raised over £1,800,000 by taking part in the annual Around the Island Walk with every penny being distributed to charities in the Island.

“The amount that charities receive is entirely dependent on how much money is raised by walkers, both in registration fees and sponsorship money,” said Jake Crichton, treasurer and Island Walk trustee.

“With increasing demands on personal finances and more and more charity events in the Jersey calendar we realise it can be difficult to raise sponsorship, but we are encouraging walkers to approach friends, family and colleagues to help these extremely worthy causes benefit from a healthy donation by the Island Walk trustees in September.

“To those friends, family and colleagues we say – the Collas Crill Island Walk is a significant feat, whether you’re tackling the full 48.1 miles or joining the Lieutenant Governor on the 12 mile LG Challenge. Please support the walkers and ensure that their efforts make a significant contribution to Jersey charities.”

This year’s main charities, Les Amis and Age Concern, both have significant projects underway to fund new premises.

Les Amis empowers people with learning disabilities and associated conditions. This year they are launching a new respite home for adults in Trinity, Mourant Lodge, which has been built for Les Amis by Les Vaux Housing Trust and the charity is raising funds to furnish it.

Les Amis Director of Operations and Care Shaun Findlay said: “We are delighted to be a chosen charity for this year’s walk. As well as raising funds for our projects, we hope the association will also raise awareness of the important work Les Amis does in the community.”

2014 is the 25th anniversary of Age Concern Jersey, the charity that supports the elderly in the community and also campaigns on their behalf. They are fund raising to move into larger premises as they have outgrown Windsor House.

Chair of Age Concern Jersey Daphne Minihane said: “Jersey has an ageing population and as we are providing more services for more people, this money will help us to expand.”

In particular, the charity is looking to move from its current premises at Windsor House to somewhere larger.

“We are delighted that the Walk is supporting Age Concern this year because it will help us to afford new premises,” said Mrs Minihane.

Several other charities will also benefit from a share of the overall pot of sponsorship monies including Jersey Mencap, Diabetes Jersey, Caesarea Association, Helping Wings, Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, 3rd Jersey (St Saviour) Scout Group, Cat Action Trust 1977 Jersey branch and Jersey Bat Group.

The walk trustees also make a donation to Rotary de la Manche, as part of its fund raising and smaller donations to the Ambulance Support Unit, Girlguiding Jersey, St John’s Ambulance, 10th Jersey (St Brelade) Scout Group and the Scouts World Jamboree in recognition of their help on the day of the Island Walk.

The 2014 Island Walk starts at 3am on Saturday 21st June from Elizabeth Terminal at the Harbour and hugs the entire coastline of Jersey – a total of 48.1 miles passing along Jersey’s beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning countryside. To join in the fun and the challenge, register online at www.ccislandwalk.com.

A shorter challenge (12 miles), walking with the Lieutenant Governor, starts from le Braye at 1pm the same day and finishes at the Waterfront.”

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