Walkers go the extra mile for Royal United Hospitals Bath

Posted: 25th May 2022

On Saturday 21 May, 240 walkers showed their support for their local hospital by taking part in the Walk of Life. The annual sponsored walk along the Kennet & Avon Canal is organised by RUHX, the official NHS charity of the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

To date, the event has raised over £37,000 and is set to rise further over the coming weeks. Funds raised from the event will enable our charity to go further, to give every patient the extra extraordinary care they deserve, while supporting our staff to do what they do best and furthering innovation within our hospitals.  We’re out there in the community, collaborating with the people and organisations who drive real change.  And we’re making sure that every penny we raise goes towards improving health, happiness and wellbeing for everyone in Bath and beyond.

Around half of our extraordinary walkers stepped up to complete the full distance, 26.2 miles from Bishops Cannings, near Devizes, along the Kennet and Avon canal to the finish line at the Holburne Museum in Bath, while the rest of the walkers joined in Bradford-on-Avon and walked the 10-mile distance.

Karlie Evans, Events and Community Manager, RUHX said: “A huge thank you to all our walkers for going the extra mile in support of our hospitals.   We have been so inspired hearing about the many reasons people take part – from walking in memory of a loved one, supporting some currently being treated, or to get active and support our great cause – your walk on Saturday gives RUHX the power to do more, so you should all be extremely proud!

“We’d also like thank all our dedicated volunteers who marshalled the route and cheered our walkers on, to everyone who supported or donated, and to our committed event sponsor Savills.”

Next year’s Walk of Life will return in May 2023, and places will open up soon.