K&A TACC KiltWalk 2010 Print E-mail

Kennet and Avon Canal TACC Kiltwalk - Sunday 25th April 2010

TACC are excited to announce the first (of hopefully many) Kiltwalk outside of Scotland - Scot's doing their bit for disadvantaged children in their local area.


Jim Finlay and friends have organised a 26 miles walk along the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal from Pewsey in Wiltshire to Thatcham in Berkshire.

The local cause they are supporting is Naomi House, a hospice that provides respite care for life-limited children and their families. Please look at their website, it's heart-wrenching but inspiring stuff.

Along the Kennet & Avon Canal - Sunday 25th April 2010

Saturday 24th April

8pm                             Meet at the Swan, Thatcham for a few beers and chat re walk

Sunday 25th April

07:00                        Bus leaves the Swan car park/bus stop

08:00                         Arrive PewseyWharf

08:15   0 miles         Start Walk

10:30   9 miles         BedwynWharf - Walkers start arriving, refuel and move on (short stop)

12:00   14 miles        Hungerford, John O’Gaunt pub left of the canal down High St

Sandra from Naomi House will meet us here

Walkers start arriving from 12 noon

13:30   17 miles       Kintbury, Dundas Arms to meet supporters., All walkers to convene here.

Sandra from Naomi House will meet us here

13:45                         Depart Dundas Arms for Newbury

15:30   23 miles       Newbury, Lock Stock and Barrel (over SwingBridge, turn right)

Sandra from Naomi House will meet us here

16:00                         Depart Newbury

17:00   26.5 miles    Thatcham, The Swan and a few beers to celebrate

Sandra from Naomi House will meet us here

There is grub for sale at the Swan

We have an area reserved for us inside if the weather is not great




Information for the day for walkers

Break shoes/socks/kilts in before the walk. 

Get used to chaffing points on waist, back etc 

Use Vaseline or take some along just in case 

Wear those kilts beforehand to test on a long walk  



Waterproof (light) T-shirt and fleece 

The more you wear the more weight you carry so best to travel light 

Spare t-shirt (Naomi House and Kilt Walk t-shirts) 

Undergarments J for your kilt 

Cap for the sun Sunglasses !!! 

Small face towel 

First aid etc 

Vaseline as above for chaffing 

Gel plasters for blisters (around £3-£4 per pack) a MUST !! 

Sun cream for those hairless spots, arms and forehead ;-) 

Headache pills 

Wet wipes and nappy sacks (you never know & leaves are not the same)  


Hydration and Nutrition 

Preferably backpacks with water bags in to save stopping 

First water refill/stop will be after 9 miles, so 2 hrs 30 mins 

Gel packs (Lucozade from Tesco etc are direct in to the system) Lucozade drinks (non fizzy) are ok too 

Bananas will be provided at beginning for all walkers 

Energy bars, dried fruit, raisins, fig rolls etc are all good 

Chocolate is not a good idea except at the end




Naomi House

Naomi House is a purpose-built children's hospice that provides a homely environment for children and young people with life-limiting conditions which mean that they will not live to become adults.

Naomi_House_CharityNo_ColourSituated just north of Winchester in Hampshire, we offer one-to-one palliative care that includes respite, terminal and bereavement care and support to children and their families in central southern England. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.  It costs around £3.0 million every year to keep this service running.


The hospice is managed by The Wessex Children's Hospice Trust, a charity which was established in the early 1990’s, following an identified need to support families of children who were terminally ill. To provide a place where they could go for a break and also where they could trust someone else to look after their child.  A capital appeal was launched and after several years enough money had been raised to build the hospice.  Mrs Mary Cornelius-Reid, owner of Sutton Manor Estates, leased part of her land to build the hospice for a peppercorn rent of one dozen red roses payable on Midsummer’s Day each year.  The hospice was named after Mrs Cornelius-Reid’s daughter in tribute to her generosity.


We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.  We have eight children's bedrooms, plus two for emergencies and five bedrooms with en-suite facilities to accommodate families if they want to stay too.  There is also a self-contained kitchen and living/dining room for their use.


At Naomi House, we provide one to one professional care in a home from home environment with state of the art facilities, such as a multi-sensory room, music room, computer suite and hydrotherapy room.  Our gardens, maintained by volunteers, are beautiful with a water feature, Wendy House and play equipment suitable for wheelchair users.  For many families who visit us, this is often the only time they can relax, take a well earned rest, go out for a meal or just be themselves, while our experienced team of doctors, nurses, carers, caterers and volunteers take over the job of looking after their loved ones.


Whilst a child can visit the hospice many times for respite care, we also offer bereavement      support to the whole family when a child dies.  We have a suite of rooms where the family can be near their child for those last difficult days or hours before the funeral and gives the family time to say goodbye.


Naomi House is a very special place.  It is a place of laughter, joy and togetherness and the    people who visit us are special.  We need to raise £3 million each year for us to provide this support. With just 10% of our income coming from Government funding, every pound that is donated will give a family from the south of England with a terminally ill child, the chance to come to Naomi House.


Naomi House is building a new unit called jacksplace@naomihouse, a hospice for teenagers and young people.  An appeal for £12million to build, equip and run jacksplace was launched in September 2007.  A legacy from Jack Witham, a local businessman, of £6million was a huge boost to the appeal.  Staff and supporters of Naomi House are working hard to raise the remaining £2.2million that is needed to complete the project. jacksplace, which will be the fourth young person’s hospice in the country, is due to open in early 2010.  When jacksplace opens the costs of running the charity’s two hospices will increase to £4.5million each year.


With just 10% of our income coming from Government, Naomi House relies on the generosity of people in the community to continue its work. Their help and time allows us to provide these crucial care services, free of charge, to children and their families.


naomi-jacks-placeNaomi House Fundraising Office, 3 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 OLB Telephone:   01962 843513 Email:      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website:    www.naomihouse.org.uk


Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust (a company limited by guarantee).  Charity Registration Number No. 1002832.  Registered in England No. 2601495.

Registered Office: Naomi House, Stockbridge Road, Sutton Scotney, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3JE.  VAT Registration No. 8182905 19



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