A 200-mile walking trail is being developed by the Friends of Sussex Hospices to raise awareness of all 12 providers of hospice care for adults and children in Sussex and to help them raise funds. iFootpath is delighted to be the walking and technology partner for this exciting project.
What is the Sussex Hospices Trail?
The full circular trail will be about 200 miles long and will be made up of 26 linear parts that vary in terms of terrain and length, all starting and finishing at public transport connections, allowing people to walk as much or as little of the trail as they like.
Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, said: “We want to create a permanent legacy of our charity to celebrate its 21st year. The trail links the hospice areas and we are hoping to encourage families and walkers to see some of the beautiful scenery Sussex has to offer, whilst raising awareness of the vital role of the hospice movement. Sussex adult hospices receive an average of only 21% of their funding from the Government. They depend critically on their local communities to be able to provide the special care they give.
“Our aim is that the trail will be used for fundraising events or just enjoyed by walkers, who may be remembering a friend or family member they hold dear. We are extremely grateful to individual sponsors who are enabling us to create each walk.”
Sue Korman, who devised the project, said: “As far as we know, this is the first permanent hospice to hospice trail in the UK. It’s a truly collaborative project. Friends of Sussex Hospices committee members, hospices’ staff and volunteers, digital walking guides business iFootpath, sponsors from across Sussex, local walking groups and many others are all helping to make this happen. We’ve used everything from ancient trails, OS maps, local expertise and GPS tracking to create the routes. The walks all use existing footpaths and each one starts and ends at a public transport point. If you love the varied landscape and history of Sussex you’ll find a walk that suits you.”
How far has the project progressed?
Four of the trail parts, between Chichester and Shoreham-by-Sea, have already been created and published, with a further 22 scheduled before the project is completed by the end of 2016. As each part is published, the full turn-by-turn directions and GPS-powered map will become available on the iFootpath website and App.
How can I help?
If you would like to get involved, you could arrange a fundraising walk along one of the existing parts of the trail. Friends of Sussex Hospices would love to know if anyone is planning to walk, run, hop or skip the trail! Share your story by email, Twitter or Facebook (details below).
If you would like to contribute further, you could consider becoming a volunteer walk author for one of the remaining 22 parts of the trail. This involves tracking the route (via the iFootpath App), capturing the photographs and turn-by-turn directions then converting these into an iFootpath walking guide. There is plenty of support available to help volunteers through this process, just contact the iFootpath team via email or through the forum on the iFootpath website.
How can I follow progress?
TWITTER: @hospicestrail #sussexhospicestrail
2 November 2015