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870 Miles, 61 Days...We Did It!



What more can we say! As people turned out in their hundreds for the final day of Walk on Wales, we had it all: sun, wind, rain, laughter and tears. Sam Bossi, wife of CO 1WG, and her team of Welsh Guards Wives: Rebecca Gallimore, Leanne Peters and Dawn Lawman led the final Stage 11 of the Walk from Porthcawl to Cardiff Bay and the numbers just kept on growing, culminating in an emotional and fitting end to our extraordinary journey round the coastal path of Wales as the walkers triumphantly returned to the Senedd where they were met by the Newport Pipe and Drums and the Band of the Welsh Guards and cheers from the huge crowd who had come out to celebrate with us.

Team 11

Sam will never forget her 40th birthday, which we celebrated in style with a wonderful party kindly supported by Blanco's Hotel! She and her team picked up the pace of the Walk from the off, marshalling and guiding fellow walkers with a great sense of fun and enjoyment and proudly led us all into Cardiff Bay on Saturday.

The Magnificent Five

What a fantastic achievement! Having walked the whole 870 miles, Chris Hopkins, Rod Morgan, Alison Elson and co-founder Jan Koops walk the final yards to the Senedd with fellow co-founder Dai Graham. Congratulations to them all and welcome home for a well-earned rest!

Thanks a Million...

Firstly, thank you to our Stage 11 sponsor, the Priory Group and for all their staff who walked with us on each of the four days. Thank you also to our day sponsors: Schoolhouse Daycare, Arqiva and Aon UK, again it was great to have so many of you walking with us. Finally a big thank you to everyone who helped us with our homecoming reception, including Bluestone, Aon UK and the Towers Hotel Group.

We would also like to thank Marco's Cafe, Barry Island for coffee and tea and the Captain's Wife, Sully for not only reviving the walkers at the end of Friday and coping with the huge number of walkers on Saturday morning, but also for presenting WOW with £950 that they had raised from quiz nights and events held at the pub.

Finally, thank you to Penarth Pier for providing hundreds of cups of tea and coffee which were much appreciated by all the soggy walkers on Saturday.  The exhibition of art created through combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was deeply moving and exactly the sort of project we should support.

Our Amazing Partners

A massive thank you to our amazing partners whose generous support has truly made a difference: to RE:SYSTEMS who designed our great website; to Hello Communications Ltd who created our unique logo and did all our artwork for us; to Enterprise Cars who provided our fantastic fleet of WOW vehicles and to Bluestone and the Towers Hotel Group for their generosity in accommodating and feeding our walkers, holding events in aid of WOW and helping us in so many other ways.

Message from our Patron

We are very honoured to have received a message from our Patron, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, congratulating everyone who has taken part in Walk on Wales, particularly those who walked the whole 870 miles.

To All Our Magnificent Teams

Thank You. From Team 1 to Team 11, all Team Leaders and your wonderful team members led us round the 870 miles of the coastal path.  You were inspiring, fun to be with and fantastic to work with and, most importantly, you looked after everyone who joined you and as a result we managed the whole walk without a mishap and no more than sore limbs and a few blisters.

Wonderful to See...

During the final Stage of the Walk we remembered LCpl Steve Newbury, Gdsm Mark Gibby, Gdsm Craig Roderick and Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe MBE and we were honoured and delighted to welcome their families who joined us each day. 

It was fantastic to have so many people coming to walk with us during the final stage, many of whom had walked with us previously during earlier stages of the Walk.

It was also a pleasure to be joined by Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, our President; Andrew Cameron, CEO of Combat Stress; General Reddy Watt, President of Combat Stress and Brigadier Robert Talbot-Rice, Regimental Lt Col WG.


Sponsorship Money

We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and the sponsor money that they have collected to date. Our total now stands at £317,857 and is steadily climbing, which is fantastic. The Virgin Money site will remain open until the New Year, at which point Walk on Wales will be audited and all the money that we have raised will be split between our two charities. We would therefore ask everyone to collect their sponsorship money and pay it in before the end of December. Thank you.
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In support of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal Registered Charity No 1073109 and Combat Stress Registered Charity No 206002