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 assisting 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.
This year the presentation of fundraising cheques to the chosen charities will be presented by His Excellency Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton at the Royal Yacht in early September 2017. We have a limited number of seats available (50) to walkers if they would like to attend and see what all their efforts results in. If you would like to attend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – if demand for these seats is high, we shall allocate seats by ballot.
Jersey Employment Trust (JET) and Acorn exist to help people with disabilities and long-term health conditions secure work. They provide employers with advice, guidance and a recruitment service to enable them to successfully recruit and support their clients and to maintain existing members of their workforce who have enduring health conditions.
The JET continually strive to secure appropriate and innovative opportunities which enable their clients to be supported and it has recently been chosen as the charity responsible for running Jersey’s Household Reuse Facility – fundraising by Island Walkers will help support the Acorn Reuse Centre, which aims to:
- Provide new opportunities for training, work placements and paid work. It will create over 20 jobs for people with a diverse range of disabilities and long-term health conditions who would otherwise struggle to find employment in the open labour market.
- Have beneficial social impacts, providing low cost or free goods to people who are in most need.
- Assist JET (and partner charities) with its income streams which means it can further expand to support vulnerable people in Jersey’s community.
- Raise awareness generally about JET with employers which in turn leads to further recruitment opportunities for clients and other avenues to promote their services.
An organisation set up to develop, run and manage the Jersey National Park. The Organising committee comprises major environmental organisations such as National Trust for Jersey Heritage, Durrell and other environmental groups – fundraising by Island Walkers will help to refurbish and restore the Frances le Sueur Centre for a major education programme. Its current tenants, Trees for Life will still have a small section in the building, but the main purpose will be for use by schools and as a visitor centre.
Putting families first is at the heart of the Jersey Child Care Trust (JCCT) and its work. The charity supports young children with special educational needs and disabilities so they can go to mainstream nurseries across the Island. The extra support is provided by Support Workers from the JCCT’s Special Needs Inclusion Project and costs the charity an average of £240 per month for each child. Last year, 37 children with special educational needs and disabilities were supported in 18 nurseries – fundraising by Island Walkers will help support their Special Needs Inclusion Project.
Fundraising by Island Walkers will help the Jersey Arts Centre Association install new lighting for the Berni gallery.
This charity needs funding for a project to encourage 100 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to join its register for bone marrow transplants.
Headway Jersey require funding to recruit a neuro-physiotherapist to assist with its rehabilitation projects – this medical professional has been working for Headway in East London for 9 years.
The Explorer Scout Group seek funding project to purchase a kitchen tent and gazebo to save annual renting costs, as well as a projector and screen to assist with its programme for the Duke of Edinburgh Award – 5 members have already achieved the Bronze award.
Fundraising by Island Walkers will help towards the cost of a Paediatric Care Worker to assist the childrens’ nursing team deliver specialist care in the home for families that have children with life-limiting illnesses.
Fundraising by Island Walkers will help this charity utilise an area at the rear of their premises using volunteer labour where appropriate.
Fundraising by Island Walkers will help Womens Refuge with various projects including its gifts website development, purchasing licensed software (Empowerment Outcomes Star) to record the emotional and psychological state of their clients and to prepare short videos for use by the media to help spread the message of this charity.
This charity needs ongoing funding to assist with relocating, neutering and worming greyhounds.
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 Beauport Checkpoint, help to collect walker bags and offer encouragement to walkers as they pass through.
St. John’s Ambulance provide roaming support to aid walkers throughout the whole course and care at the finish.