Reflect and remember on a New Year Winter Wander

Francis House Children’s Hospice is inviting walkers of all ages to step up in January 2023.

Francis House invites you to reflect and remember on a New Year Winter Wander in support of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions.

For the first month of 2023, individuals, families and friends are being asked to embark on the walking challenge and raise funds for the children’s hospice that cares for more than 500 families from across Greater Manchester.

Walk in memory of someone special, in solidarity with somebody receiving care, or simply to show your support for your local children’s hospice.

There is a choice of four different routes on offer, or any route over any distance can be undertaken.

Rachel Nasiri, Francis House fundraising officer said: “January walks not only provide an opportunity to enjoy the fresh and frosty air, but a chance to take time to reminisce and reflect as a New Year begins; whether that’s remembering a loved one you have lost, or looking ahead to your 2023 goals.

“The lovely thing about our Winter Wander is that you can make yours as long or short, as invigorating or gentle, and as sociable or solitary as you wish.”

“Perhaps you will discover an adventure right on your doorstep that you didn’t ever know was there!”.

Rachel Nasiri, fundraising officer
Maria Mahmood walking the Winter Wander

Maria walking the Lymm Loop, one of the optional routes on offer.

Route guides

Everyone who signs up will be given a range of optional route guides offering participants an opportunity to explore new areas of beauty around Manchester and Cheshire.

The Lymm Loop in Cheshire is an eight mile circuit along the Bridgewater Canal and Transpennine Trail, taking in Dunham Massey on the loop back to Lymm Village.

The Turton Reservoir Round in Bolton is a seven mile route beginning at Jumbles Country Park and winding past three different reservoirs with two pub stops along the way.

The Saddleworth Circuit in Oldham starts and finishes in Uppermill. The eight mile walk takes in four villages, a Roman fort and an 18th century coaching house.

The Higher Poynton Hike covers eight miles from Nelson Pit to Lyme Park and back, offering moorland views and a glimpse of Mr Darcy’s grand residence.

A fee of £10 per participant and £5 for under 16s includes a registration pack containing route guides, a Francis House beanie hat, sweets for sustenance, a child’s activity sheet and a dedication sign to wear as you wander.

Rachel added: “The Winter Wander is a fundraising initiative so we hope that participants will aim to raise as much sponsorship as they can to help the families we support.  Anyone raising more than £50 will be entered into a prize draw.”

To register visit the website or call Rachel on 0161 443 2200.

Register for the Winter Wander

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