Put your best foot forward in 2022 and support arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts by taking part in their fundraiser, 70 Mile May, which returns for its second year. The challenge is to head outdoors and walk 70 miles through the month of May – that’s the equivalent of walking all the island’s coastal paths.
You can take part anywhere, tracking your miles online, raising money as you go.
Sharon Tate who took part in 2021, said:
“I enjoyed taking part for a worthwhile cause and it was good to be in the great outdoors fundraising for a charity close to my heart, exploring different areas of the island.”
70 Mile May provided not only a great fundraising success for Independent Arts in 2021, but also encouraged all those willing walkers who took part to take more outdoor exercise than they normally would during lockdowns. With fewer restrictions in 2022, the charity is adding even more to this free event, to make it more social.
This year by signing up you can socialise while you walk too! The charity is offering like-minded walkers and fundraisers a chance to join the Independent Arts team for organised guided walks throughout the month, varying in difficulty, themes and location. The charity hopes to add a new social element to the fundraising month.
Participants will also be able to join both the Independent Arts fundraisers Facebook group, and a brand new 70 Mile May Strava club, somewhere you can track your walks, but also share your activity with other fundraising walkers.
Participants will also be able to join a free nature walk, led by local expert Dave Fairlamb of Nature Links. This will take place in Bembridge, full details, date and time to be released to fundraisers soon (TBC)
Amongst other guided walks, Independent Arts will also be leading a free local history walk around Cowes on Thursday 12th May, as part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. This walk will take in historical and cultural buildings and sites around the town, meaning you can add some miles to your monthly total whilst making new friends and learning about a historic Isle of Wight town! (A link to the walk will be added once announced by IWWF.)
It’s free to take part in 70 Mile May: To sign up you simply need to create your fundraising page on JustGiving. Independent Arts recommend a fundraising target of £70, however this is a target not an obligation; just raise what you can and walk as many miles throughout the month as possible!
Independent Arts is an Isle of Wight charity, established in 1987, using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation. We believe that art is for all stages of life, and we deliver vital services across all ages, mindful of the range of needs. All funds raised by this annual event go directly to supporting isolated and vulnerable island residents, supporting them through the arts.
Independent Arts Chief Executive, Lisa Gagliani MBE said:
“We are hoping that many people will want to join us for 70 Mile May. It’s something most people can do without too much of a stretch and it’s the perfect antidote to the long winter and two years of pandemic gloom. The Isle of Wight is blessed with a beautiful natural landscape and so no one is far from breath-taking scenery. Fresh air and walking are a great way to have a meaningful chat with friends, family or to turn new acquaintances into companions. The monies raised and the conversations about the arts activities we offer, will help us reach more who need us most – the lonely and isolated.”
For further information please call 01983 822437 or email [email protected]
Images from 70 Mile May in 2021