Friday 9 October 2020

The Big Summer Walk, which saw more than 130 people walk, jog or run 100km between June and September, has raised £4,000 for Junior Achievement Isle of Man.

Sponsored by Chase Wealth Solutions, the initiative called on people across the Isle of Man to put their best foot forward and step up for the Island charity. Participants could tackle the family fundraising challenge at their own pace and in their own time, provided they completed the full 100km distance by the 7th September deadline.

Everyone who finished the challenge and raised more than £35 has received The Big Summer Walk medal, with a select few receiving additional special prizes for their efforts.

The Big Summer Walk was launched after Junior Achievement’s annual fundraising trip, due to take place this October, was cancelled due to Covid-19. A team of people from the Isle of Man was preparing to participate in the El Camino De Santiago Trek in northern Spain; a five-day 100km trek through one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the world. Expecting to raise more than £20,000, the cancellation of the trek was a huge loss for the charity.

Junior Achievement Chief Executive Sue Cook said: ‘Our charity is reliant on fundraising and events to continue our work and help the Island’s young people gain the essential skills they need when they leave full time education. The cancellation of this year’s trek was a huge blow, which is why we were keen to take away something positive from it and launch a fun, family-friendly Manx alternative.

‘We have been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received for the walk. With more than 130 people stepping up to the challenge, we have raised a fantastic amount which will go a long way for our charity. In total, the 100 plus walkers covered more than 10,000 km across 69 days – a grand achievement! We’ve really enjoyed giving people motivation to get out and about over the summer, keeping active and enjoying the beautiful Manx countryside. I even uncovered some new beautiful walking spots myself!

‘I’d like to say a huge thanks to Chase Wealth Solutions for its generous support, without which we would have really struggled to make The Big Summer Walk a success. I’d also like to thank all of the participants for stepping up to the challenge and committing to raise money for our charity – it really does mean a lot.’

Paul Chase from Chase Wealth Solutions also took on the challenge with his family. He said: ‘It has been a pleasure to support The Big Summer Walk. Junior Achievement plays such an important role in preparing the Island’s young people for future employment, so when the opportunity came up to support them, we didn’t hesitate! My family and I had a really enjoyable summer stomping around the Island, and we are pleased to see such a fantastic amount raised for the charity.’

Each year, Junior Achievement needs to raise £300,000 so that its programmes can be delivered at no cost to the Island’s schools. To find out more and support the charity, head to:

Photos by Hannalogue Photography

(L-R) Clare Gelder (Smart HR), Mamta Paradise (Smart HR), Gail Yeowell (Smart HR), Paul Chase (Chase Wealth) Nikki McPhilimey (Chase Wealth) and Joy Spence (Junior Achievement Isle of Man)