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2024 Walk for Wards

December 9, 2023

Join University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity for a fun-filled day on Saturday 28 September 2024 to raise funds for your local hospitals at our flagship Walk for Wards event.

You can walk a light 3km, fun 5km or even run a full 10km around the stunning historic grounds of Upton County Park and House. Every step will go towards raising funds for a ward or department that is close to your heart. Every route is accessible to participants of all ages and abilities.

You can sign up individually, with friends, as a family, a community group or company. You can even bring your dogs along!

We have bought this event forward this year in the hope for some glorious weather to enjoy the live music, entertainment, stalls and refreshments. Hot Radio, our gold sponsor, will be there with us on the day, bringing extra fun and excitement to the event with live coverage and music.

We hope as many people as possible will join us for this popular event that is for all the family to make memories in support of our local hospitals.

After the walk, participants will be treated to two (large) complimentary slices of pizza, served by the lovely Liguoris Woodfire Pizzas. Participants and their loved ones are also welcome to bring their own food for a lovely picnic while enjoying live music and entertainment.

You can also support local crafters at a local makers’ market filled with unique gifts and tasty treats.

Kids will be able to enjoy colourful balloon art and face painting. Plus, our iconic, fuzzy Gully Bear will make a special appearance.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and in the spirit of fundraising and enhancing our hospitals together, we are encouraging all participants to raise what they can through sponsorship for a ward or department of their choice.

Every person has a special reason to participate – it could be a personal experience of receiving care at our hospitals, honoring a loved one undergoing treatment, or simply wanting to say thank you to our NHS heroes who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional care. Last year, 330 people raised a phenomenal £24,000 for our Walk for Wards event.

Don’t miss out. We would love to see you there.

Gates open 10:30am

Walk commences 11:00am

Meet on the event field in front of Upton House