A joining of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust staff and the local community in a day to remember centred around a healthy challenge whilst raising as much money as possible for your local hospitals.
 
Fun, fresh air, family and friends. Turn the walk into a fun day out and register with your friends, family or colleagues.
 
Start from either Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital or Burnley General Teaching Hospital and complete a sponsored walk challenge across some of the most scenic countryside in the area. The routes unite near the end so that we can all join in spirit and finish together.
 

Summary Information

When and where

Sunday 23 June 2019 starting from either Blackburn or Burnley hospital at 09.30 am. Signing in on the day is from 08.15 am until 09.15 am.
 
A walkers information pack is provided as part of the registration process which covers all the administrative details including parking and transport arrangements.

Costs and registration

The event registration fee is £20.00 plus Event Brite online processing fees.
 

Sign up for Blackburn hospital route

Sign up for Burnley hospital route

The routes

Both routes are 12 miles with flat easy walking. The routes will be way-marked and have marshals at critical points so there is no map reading involved. Instructions for a route app for use on the day can be found further down this page.

Eligibility and terms

Minimum age is 12 years. Under 16 years must walk with a registered adult walker. The event is not suitable for babes in arms, pushchairs or those with mobility issues. Full terms and guidance are in the detailed information section of this page.

Your donations make a difference

Helping us go way beyond the NHS standard. State-of-the-art baby bays for the newborn centre at Burnley, Ipads for stroke rehabilitation at Pendle, a new playground for the children's ward at Blackburn and a quiet room for those who need tranquility at a difficult time are just some of the projects that make a difference.
 
"My sister and I have just been shown this room whilst staff make our mum comfortable. She is here on her last days with us and the staff here are all fantastic, caring and helpful. This beautiful room is just what we needed..."
A restful, tranquil place when it's most needed, quiet room retreat funded by donations to ELHT&Me

Sponsorship

Hosting large charity events come at a cost to the organisers which is met by your registration fee and any sponsorship we can gain.
 
The event is a sponsored walk and walkers are asked to raise money through sponsorship.
 
Sponsoring The Big NHS Walk 2019
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Detailed Information

Timings and registration

Timings are the same for both start points.
 
Event Date:  Sunday 23 June 2019
Signing In:  08.15 am to 09.15 am
Walk Start:  09.30 am promptly
 
Blackburn Start Point. We are not starting from the main hospital entrance. Signing in and the start of the walk takes place at our Park View site, opposite KFC on Haslingden Road, BB2 3HH
 
Burnley Start Point. Signing in and the start of the walk is at the Learning Centre, Burnley General Teaching Hospital. Use the Casterton Avenue entrance and the centre can be found at the bottom of this road.
 
Being 12 miles; for the average walking pace of 3 miles per hour with a 10 to 15 minute break every hour and a longer lunch stop, the walk will take you about 5 hours, so you should be crossing the finish line around 2.30 pm. Take your time, enjoy the day. The event is fully supported until 6 pm.
 
Registration Fee: The registration fee is £20.00 plus £1.91 Event Brite online registration and processing fee. Your tickets includes:
 
ELHT&Me t-shirt
Uniquely designed finishers medal
Clearly marked scenic route with event marshals
Regular checkpoints with water re-supply
First aid assistance
Toilet facilites; start, halfway and finish
Outdoor catering facilities available at the finish
 
A walkers information pack is provided as part of the registration process which covers all the administrative details including parking and transport arrangements.

The routes

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital Route
A 12 mile flat walk across some of the most scenic parts of our region. In short, your walk will head into Blackburn and join the Leeds/Liverpool canal path at the Calypso restaurant. From there you will follow the canal path out into open countryside and pass through Rishton, Church and Clayton Le Moors. Once through Clayton Le Moors the canal path heads back into the countryside. Leaving the canal path near Altham the route takes you into Padiham to finish at Shuttleworth Mead Business Park, BB12 7NG
 
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Burnley General Teaching Hospital Route
A 12 mile flat walk across some of the most scenic parts of our region. This walk will head down into Burnley and join the Leeds/Liverpool canal path. From there you will follow the canal path to Reedley Marina and then down to Pendle Bridge over Barden Way. You then cross over the M65 footbridge onto Pendle Way and then Grove Lane takes you into Padiham. From Padiham Leisure Centre the Padiham Greenway leads you south and then back onto the canal path again. Leaving the canal path near Altham the route takes you into Padiham to finish at Shuttleworth Mead Business Park, BB12 7NG
 
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Register for the event

We use the Event Brite event registration site to enable a smooth registration experience and a secure payment facility. Event Bite processing fees are added to the registration fee during sign-up.
 
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Thank you for your support.

Your donations make a difference

ELHT&Me are passionate about raising funds to make your local hospitals a special place for the local community; a special place for you, your friends and family. We have many ongoing projects and lots in the pipeline that your sponsorship money will be used for.
 
State-of-the-art baby bays that provide safe side by side sleeping and allow newborns to be within arms reach are being purchased for Lancashire Womens Newborn Centre at Burnley hospital. So many benefits, especially if mum is recovering.
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Stroke rehabilition conducted by stroke and launguage therapists based at Pendle Community Hospital use Ipads provided by a charitable donation to retrain daily life skills.
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As a result of a very generous donation from Euro Garages, work on a children's playground at Blackburn hospital is underway that will transform an extended hospital stay for a child.
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A quiet room for those in need of a restful, tranquil place when they need it the most.
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"My sister and I have just been shown this room whilst staff make our mum comfortable. She is here on her last days with us and the staff here are all fantastic, caring and helpful. This beautiful room is just what we needed..."

Raising funds through sponsorship

Hosting charity events comes at a cost to the organsing charity which is met by your registration fee and any support we can get from other sponsors. The Big NHS Walk is a sponsored walk and we would ask all registered walkers to raise money for the charity as this is how we will get our income from this type of event.
 
No trips to the bank or counting pennies. Experience has shown that the best way to raise funds is to have a Just Giving page. We are listed on Just Giving so it is easy for you to set up your page so that sponsorship money comes directly to us. To set up a Just Giving page in aid of ELHT&Me:
 
Click on 'Fundraise for us' and follow the instructions.
 
This page can then be shared with your friends and family on social media. We would also ask that you also follow ELHT&Me on Facebook so that this event gets maximum social media exposure. Thank you for following us.
 
For those wanting an official ELHT&Me sponsor form for offline donations these are contained in the Walkers Information Packs that are sent to you within 7 days of signing up.

Terms and guidance

1. The minimum age for entry is 12 years. Under 16 years of age to be accompanied by a registered adult walker who is confident of the Childs ability to take on this challenge.
2. The walk is not suitable for babes in arms, pushchairs or those with mobility issues.
3. Ensure you carry sufficient water, sun protection and snacks for the day.
4. Follow the weather leading up to the day and carry weather protection if required.
5. Walk at a sensible pace and enjoy the day, it is not a race.
6. Leave no Trace. Please dispose of litter correctly or take it home with you.
7. The route follows the canal path. A canal has deep water to the edge so take care near water.
8. Some of the route shares a footpath with a cycle path, beware and give way to cycles.
9. A short section is on a minor road with no footpath. Beware of traffic, walk on the right hand side of the road, keep well in and walk in single file.
10. Key crossing points will have marshals for your safety. Please obey all marshal instructions. Our marshals for the day are volunteers from East Lancashire Freemasons.
11. If you retire from the walk please inform the walk controller. If you are feeling tired or unwell we have identified 3 points along the walk where it is easy for you to arrange to be picked up by a friend. These are marshal points on the maps and route guidance that will be provided.
12. The walk has first aid cover but in an emergency call 999
13. If you get lost or need any advice or help on the day, call the walk controller on the number that is listed in the Walkers Information Pack.

Route You app

Route You app
The routes have also been scripted onto the Route You app. You do not need to register to use this app and it will allow you to track your progress on the day with similar tools to Google maps. ELHT&Me cannot provide any assistance with this app or guarantee its accuracy.
 
On a mobile phone you may need to click on the 'map of the world' icon to bring up the map. The square button, inside the map, near the top right, opens the route in full screen and users can toggle between map and sattelite view.
 
 

Event supporters

Sponsors
A big thank you for the generous donation from Business First which helps to fund the event.
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Supporters
These events could not happen without support from local business and the community. Thank you to the following for their valued support:
 
East Lancashire Freemasons who are providing marshals for the day.
Business First who are providing one of their sites to host the finish.
Fagan and Whalley who are providing one of their sites to host the finish.
The Thorn Inn, Church who are opening early to provide toilets and refreshments at the half way point of the Blackburn route.
Burnley Leisure, for allowing a marshal point at Padiham Leisure Centre and also the provision of toilets and refreshments at the half way point of the Burnley route.
Burnley Friends Group who are providing volunteers for registration.

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Join us for this healthy fun day out, walk with us and help us make that difference for your local hospitals.
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