Housebuilder supports walkathon

Award-winning housebuilder Hopkins Homes is the headline sponsor of the inaugural Holt walkathon, which aims to get people active, unite the community and help good causes.

The Hopkins Homes Holt Walk is open to walkers of all abilities and will take place in the town on Sunday, September 27.

Walkers can choose from four routes of either 4,000; 7,500; 12,000; or 20,000 steps. The route reflects the trend for those who like to think about distance in terms of the steps and measured using a wearable device or smartphone app. The 4,000-step route is most accessible for wheelchair users.

Lee Barnard, managing director for Hopkins Homes, said: “We have a great affinity with Holt and currently have two exceptional developments in the town – The Birches and King’s Meadow.

“As a company, we are proud of our strong track record of supporting local communities and charities and we are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Hopkins Homes Holt Walk.

“We have been impressed by the vision of the event’s organisers to celebrate inclusivity and diversity so that the walkathon is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. In what has been a year like no other, we hope this event can bring everyone together at the end of summer.”

The organisers are a collective of three local charities – The Friends of Kelling Hospital, Holt Rotary Club and Holt Community Centre.

Nigel Hadlow, event organiser, said: “Funds raised by the walkathon will support the work of these three volunteer-based organisations whose usual fundraising activities have been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to Hopkins Homes for being our headline sponsor and thank all our other event supporters too. We anticipate this to be the largest single day fundraising event in Holt and it is open to all – from those wanting to simply enjoy a great walk, to people in recovery who are setting themselves a personal challenge or perhaps others who are taking part in memory of a loved one.”

The event also has a team challenge and is a great way for businesses, schools, non-profit organisations, associations and sports clubs to get involved.

For every 20 registrations, one tree will be planted in the area to help offset the carbon produced by the event – including walkers’ travel to and from the start area.

The Hopkins Homes Holt Walk will follow all government mandated policy regarding covid-19 on public gatherings and social distancing, with a contingency plan for it to become a virtual event if needs be

For further information on the Hopkins Homes Holt Walk, and how to register, visit www.holtwalkathon.org

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