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Fundraising for GOSH: our two walking challenges of 2017. Part one.

You might be wondering why you’ve not heard much from us lately about our fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The last time we updated you, we were privileged enough to attend the annual GOSH Summer Party where we brought the seaside to the patients.

Since then, we’ve have been working hard to fundraise for GOSH, including completing two big walking fundraisers. The Bognor Regis resort team kicked off the first challenge, coming together to take on the 28 mile walk from Brighton to Bognor Regis. The second involved the Butlin’s Sales and Marketing team walking 12 miles over 12 London bridges, taking photos by 12 landmarks on the way. Both rather impressive feats, wouldn’t you say?

So grab a cuppa, sit down and catch up on part one of our big fundraisers; Brighton to Bognor Regis.

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The Butlin’s Bognor Regis team embarking on their 28 mile walk for GOSH!

Recently team members from our Bognor Regis resort came together to conquer the huge challenge of walking 28 miles from Brighton to Bognor, in the efforts to raise funds GOSH.

As you might already know, the children’s hospital provides the best equipment, facilities and treatments in the country. Every effort made to raise money makes an incredible difference and our contribution means that we can help make what is often a difficult time for families that little bit more comfortable for everyone involved. It also goes towards funding ongoing research into many childhood illnesses.

So, with this incredible cause in mind, wind in our hair and determination in our hearts, 38 of us set off on our journey. Setting off at 8.30am from Brighton Pier, our army of walkers marched proudly along the seafront brandishing our GOSH t-shirts with pride. We had an early start and a long road in front of us but lucky for us the Great British weather was on our side.

2 hours and around 7 miles later, we had reached our first rest point on the banks of the River Adur in Shoreham. Only a quarter of the way through our journey and the realisation of the size of the task at hand had started to hit. After a quick snack and comparison of blisters, we were on our way again.

On what was now the second leg of our journey, the excitement of the situation began to wane; we can no longer kid ourselves that we’re on a stroll along the seafront 10 miles in.

“…and I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…” came to mind as we determinedly marched into the wind, whilst our feet were screaming “stop right now, thank you very much”.

Next destination: Worthing. 11 miles into the walk and the first sight of the Butlin’s Skyline Pavilion appears in the distance like a mirage. So close but yet so far. By this point our collection tins were filling up and Spirit FM were on the case telling the locals of our cause as we powered on through the streets of Sussex.

Just a little bit further and it would be lunch time. We definitely needed time to refuel and gather our thoughts as we contemplated the next 15 miles of our journey. Some had come prepared and took this time to change footwear and reapply plasters whilst others daren’t take off their trainers for fear of blood and blisters. This was by far one of the toughest challenges we’d have ever undertaken; who’d have thought walking could be so painful?

But onwards and upwards to Littlehampton we went!

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The end was in sight…

We arrived there by 15.30, and the team had to really rely on each other at this point and give each other the encouragement to keep going, with the help of a quick ice cream break to boost morale (what else!). Of course we were doing this for an amazing cause, but the event also provided us with a great opportunity to get to know our own team a little better.

The last couple of miles back to Butlin’s were along the sand, and the change in track was definitely welcome to our tired feet. The sun was setting over the team as slowly but surely we traipsed towards our finishing line. We were literally on the home stretch… nothing could’ve stopped us then!

At approximately 18.45 we made it to Butlin’s! All 38 of us as one, we marched towards the end where we were greeted with our families, friends and not forgetting our very own Billy and Bonnie Bear! It was an incredible moment to share and a day we won’t forget in a hurry!

Butlins Bognor Regis team on charity walk for GOSH | Butlins Blog

Such an incredible achievement. Congratulations and well done to the Bognor Regis team!

So on behalf of all the team and everyone who donated and supported us along the way, the team at Bognor Regis just wanted to say a huge thank you. It was an incredible day and such an achievement for everyone involved. We couldn’t have done this without the support from our resort and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Butlins Bognor Regis team on charity walk for GOSH | Butlins Blog

A medal to be proud of!