When you get Brummies together something special often happens. That was the case in 1983 when over 25,000 people took part in the inaugural Birmingham Walkathon. They raised a substantial £250,000 for the Birmingham Mencap charity. Enabling the charity to refurbish two properties into full-time residential facilities, helping to improve the lives of a number of mentally and physically challenged youngsters.
40 years later, the legendary Birmingham Walkathon (which hasn’t taken place since 2013) will return to our streets and see thousands of brilliant Brummies come together again in support of local charities. The idea to revive the Walkathon came from Georgie Moseley of Help Harry Help Others – the cancer support charity created by local lad Harry Moseley, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2011, aged 11.
The Walkathon will raise funds for Help Harry Help Others, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, NSPCC Birmingham, Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, All Making A Difference and Birmingham Mind.
“An event like the Birmingham Walkathon is exactly what Help Harry Help Others is about and a fabulous way to honour my Harry,” said Georgie Moseley. “The aim of the Walkathon is to re-engage the community, boost community spirit, support post pandemic mental health issues and raise much needed funds.”
Taking place on April 2, there are three routes for the Birmingham Walkathon. So Brummies of all ages and abilities can get involved. The first walk will follow the number 11 bus route, 26 miles around the city, starting at either Kings Heath Park or Rookery Park. A shorter 11 mile walk will head directly from Rookery Park to Kings Heath Park. While a final, fully inclusive option will comprise one, three or five laps around Kings Heath Park.
Previous versions of the Birmingham Walkathon have attracted 10,000 people on average. Alongside raising funds for local charities, it also aims to reduce isolation and tackle loneliness. A buddy check in area will be set up for people attending alone, as a place for individuals to meet others for the walk and form lifelong friendships.
To take part or volunteer for the Birmingham Walkathon head here.