30 for 30

£30k for 30 years

30 years of supporting families in the Winchester district who are facing adversity, helping them to embrace their future with confidence.

In our 30th year, we have challenged ourselves to raise £30,000 by our birthday on 7 November and we need your help.

Run with us at Eastleigh 10k

So far this year we’ve been concentrating on walking. Now we’re stepping it up a bit!

If running is your thing, or you would like to get into it, how about joining us at the annual Eastleigh 10k on 24 March? Help us create a team of 30 runners (or more) to celebrate 30 incredible years of making a difference to families in Winchester. This is always a great event and you can guarantee to have lots of support from the Friends of the Family team.

How to get involved in 3 easy steps:

  1. Book your entry direct with the race organisers:
    www.runningmania.co.uk/hendy-eastleigh-10k
  2. Email us to let us know and get your Friends of the Family race shirt:
    fundraising@fotfwinchester.org
  3. Start fundraising! You can create your own online page or join ours:
    JustGiving

We hope to see you there!

Introducing Wellness Walks

The link between exercise and wellness is well known, and good mental health is at the heart of our mission at Friends of the Family. Our team were inspired to create their own Wellness Walks to help reach our fundraising goal, and walked through the summer in our amazing city and countryside!

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That's further than the Proclaimers in their 1988 hit!

3 ways we walked for wellbeing (and are still walking!)…

Winchester Wellness Walk

Friends of the Family staff kicked off our walking by leading a Winchester Wellness Walk on Wednesday 26 July. It was a very enjoyable gentle route around Winchester with great views from St Giles Hill and ice creams at the end! We were pleased to be joined by some of our volunteers and the children they support.

30 on Thursday

Every Thursday at 9am from 6 July 2023 to 25 January 2024, you will find our trustees, Nicky and Locket walking up St Catherine’s Hill. They are clocking up some serious mileage and step counts!

Want to join them? Meet 9am at the Handlebar café. Just turn up

30 climbs on 30 September

Jo (Operations Manager) and Rebecca (Trustee) took on our biggest challenge yet o30 September – planning to walk up St Catherine’s Hill 30 times that day. 

Joined by friends, followers and dogs they clocked up way over their intended number of climbs, managing 76 climbs in total!

Walk your way

We have compiled a list of other short walks (and slightly longer walks) around Winchester to help you get out and about. Click here to take your pick!

While the emphasis is on wellness, we are linking our walks to fundraising: £30k for 30 years. Anything that you can do towards that would be really appreciated, whether it’s pence or pounds. Maybe you could be sponsored per mile or per walk, or for how many hills you climb – Winchester has plenty!

Let us know what you plan to do. Share your photos and your mileage, not matter how short or long your Wellness Walk is – we’ll add it to the Friends of the Family mileometer! Let’s see how many miles we can cover between us.

If walking’s not your thing…

Don’t worry, you can still get involved. Here’s how:

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Organise something different

From bake sales to car boot sales, the possibilities are endless! Do you what you enjoy while helping us fundraise – click here for ideas.

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Help us spread the word

Tell your friends what we’re doing. If you organise your own event or activity, tell everyone you know!

Simply donate

Help us to carry on for another 30 years. All donations, no matter how small or large are very much appreciated.

Help us make a positive difference to the children and parents we work with. Any donations you can help us raise are vital for continuing the support we offer to families in Winchester and its surrounding villages.

£3 provides healthy, nutritious snacks for the children in one session of our Mums and Young Children group

£10 provides training materials for one 5s to 13s befriender

£30 will enable a child to experience new activities and opportunities during our summer outing