100% OF MONEY RAISED
GOES TO LOCAL CHARITIES

Our Charities

The amount of donations received by charities is entirely dependent upon how much money is raised by walkers in both registration fees and sponsorship money raised.

Since the event’s inception in 1991, an overriding objective has been to ensure that every penny raised by walkers actually goes to local charities, rather than cover expenses or salaries of the event’s organisers. This objective remains as true today as back in 1991, hence the voluntary basis of everyone involved in the organising committee.

Since 2014 (when ITEX ceased to exist), the event organisers have sought sponsorship from local businesses. Such funding effectively covers the overheads in running the event each year and enables the organisers to continue the promise that every penny raised goes direct to charity. For instance, 100% of every walkers’ entry fee goes straight into the charity pot for distribution. Small surcharges (like P&P) help offset the costs of buying walker packs, producing thousands of pieces of paperwork like sponsorship forms, newsletters, luggage tags, walk maps and postage.

In addition to making a donation to Rotary De La Manche in its fund raising efforts, three main charities usually benefit from a significant donation between £15,000 and £20,000, while the remaining nine charities (what we call Potters) each benefit from a share of the pot that can range from between £3,500 and £5,000.

A few small steps can make a BIG difference to the charities being supported, so we encourage every walker to try and raise as much sponsorship, as possible. You can download the Sponsorship Form – pass it around your family, friends and work colleagues to help all these local charities.

Or, you donate online HERE.

Apply to become a 2020 Island Walk chosen charity

We encourage and welcome applications from Jersey charities. Please download our charity application form to be considered as a chosen charity in 2020.

Main Charities

The only diabetes charity in the Island, Diabetes Jersey works tirelessly to support the work of the Diabetes Centre at Overdale, those with the condition and raise awareness among the public at large of the need for testing. All funds raised remain in Jersey and no-one working for the charity draws a salary. Without your generous support, the work of Diabetes Jersey could not continue.

Funds raised will help develop for an indoor play area at the Elim Rock Community Centre, which will change the area and this centre serves the community in a great capacity. This charity is constantly aiming to try to provide local residents with inexpensive or free play opportunities. Support from the Island Walk for this project would be an incredible success in this area.

All monies raised will be used within Jersey with ongoing work around the Island. They are currently working on their hedgerow campaign, the cheap trees scheme (adopted from the States of Jersey) and helping to erect new squirrel bridges around the countryside lanes and busy roads. The money raised will also help this charity to continue with its valuable work at the Arboretum at Val de la Mare, helping to plant and save protected trees.

Potters

(formerly Brig-y-Don Children’s Charity) - supports children and young people from birth to 25 years, who are being looked after in States care, leaving care, as well as others who are suffering adversity and are in need. The charity provides a range of financial support for these children and young people in order for them to participate in opportunities which otherwise would likely be denied to them.

Durrell’s aim in 2019 is for more diverse, beautiful and resilient natural landscapes in which species can thrive and people can enjoy a deeper connection with nature. Their new strategy concentrates on the rewilding of animals, the rewilding of ecosystems and the rewilding of people – the conservation education department teaches local schoolchildren encouraging them to protect the natural world on which we all depend.

The Good Companions Club has worked since 1948 to combat loneliness in older Islanders. Every penny raised goes towards the activities, trips and food provide at their premises at Le Marais in St Clement. It is so much better to come to the Good Companions Club than to be lonely all day at home.

Provides essential support, information and services to people in Jersey who are affected by brain injury. From very small beginnings close to 20 years ago the charity has grown dramatically. The Headway centre is now seeing an increase in the number of referrals with over 150 survivors of brain injury registered. Some require occasional support, however some 70 members access Headway services on a weekly basis. These services are an essential lifeline and also provide support and respite to families and carers who need it most.

Jersey Action Against Rape are looking to bring over the RAP Project to visit Jersey's Schools and College in 2019. RAP stands for Raising Awareness and Prevention and they provide a program of talks for pre-teens, teenagers and young adults on difficult topics such as sexual assault, consent and harassment.

Funds will contribute towards the costs for clothing, equipment and training for all of this charity’s unpaid volunteers who attend public events, such as the Island Walk.

Donations

Smaller donations of approximately £1,000 are made to those charities and organisations that help with the actual running and operation of both the Main Walk and the Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge.

Throughout the course of the weekend, the Girl Guides collect litter along the entirety of the route around the Island.

The States of Jersey Ambulance Service provides first aid cover for the LG Walk and at the Noirmont Checkpoint.

The 10th Jersey (St Brelades) Scout Group provide manpower at the Beaup ort Checkpoint, help to collect walker bags and offer encouragement to walkers as they pass through.