Hundreds of people donned their trainers and enjoyed some late summer sunshine for the fourth annual Coast to Coast Walk.
More than 450 participants of all ages and abilities stepped up to this year’s challenge, organised by Sight Matters and kindly sponsored by Find Us On Web Limited. The fundraising total is still being calculated but so far more than £8,000 has been raised for Sight Matters through entry fees and individual sponsorships, which will be used by the charity to support blind and visually impaired community in the Isle of Man.
Starting with a lap of the outside NSC track, participants made their way to Peel via the Old Heritage Trail, taking in the beautiful countryside scenery along the way. There was also a second start in St John’s for those who preferred a shorter route but wanted to join in the fun and family-friendly atmosphere.
All participants successfully completed the walk within four hours and received a certificate of achievement to mark their participation.
Debbie Thomson, Sight Matters Volunteer & Community Services Lead, said: ‘The 2021 Coast to Coast Walk was another fantastic event and we were delighted with the turnout once again. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. There were big smiles from start to finish and a lovely feel-good on the atmosphere on the day which is always a good sign!
‘Thanks to our lovely sponsor’s generous support, every penny of the money raised can be used towards helping blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man. A shout-out also goes to our team of wonderful marshals and volunteers, without which the event couldn’t go ahead, along with Tesco for keeping our walkers hydrated with water stations on route.’
Find us On Web Limited was pleased to sponsor the event for the first time and was there on the day to join in and offer its support.
Santosh Mishra from Find Us On Web Limited added: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to sponsor the 2021 Coast to Coast Walk. It was a brilliant walk with such a variety of people taking part - a real community event which we loved being involved in. Sight Matters does such important work in the Island and it’s great to see the event raise much-needed funds for the charity.’
Sight Matters looks after the interests of almost 600 people with serious sight loss in the Isle of Man, providing a wide range of important services and support to individuals of all ages.
To find out more about the charity and how you can support it, head to: www.mbws.org.im