The local community are pulling together to make this year’s Stomp bigger and better.
The six mile sponsored walk to support people living with cancer is being backed by Portishead-based singer-song writer Spencer Flay; Bristol woodcarver Alistair Park; Bristol Nordic Walking and a host of local businesses.
Musician, Spencer Flay has written and recorded a special song for Stomp called ‘Won’t take my happy’. The uplifting song has been used to promote the event and encourage people to take part.
Commenting on why he decided to support Stomp by writing his song, Spencer said: “To be asked to do anything for Penny Brohn UK is an honour in itself. Originally I was asked if I could provide an instrumental jingle for Stomp, but I wanted to do a bit more for this amazing charity, so I put pen to paper and wrote the song.”
Stompers will each receive a beautiful, wooden medal created by Bristol-based woodcarver, Alistair Park. The medals, made of ash, hawthorn and plum, will be proudly presented to each walker as they cross the finish line.
Talking about his involvement, Alistair said: “I was honoured to be asked to craft the medals for Stomp. Each medal is unique and individual, with the wood taken from a variety of different trees which grew locally. I’m proud to support Penny Brohn UK, knowing they are helping people with cancer in the community to live well.”
The event has also received support from Portishead mum, Heidi Loughlin, who writes about her experience of living with inflammatory breast cancer in her up front and honest blog, Storm in a Tit cup. Heidi will be walking the six miles, joined by her friends and family.
Talking about the event, Heidi said: “I’m taking part in Stomp as it will be a fantastic community event that gets us all out in the fresh air whilst raising awareness around life with cancer as well as raising vital funds for an amazing charity that has offered a lifeline to so many across the UK.”
Bristol Nordic Walking instructors, who provide group sessions at the National Centre, have also been providing top tips and techniques to help Stompers make progress with their walking and explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Bristol.
The family friendly event takes place on Saturday 13 October and is open to all ages and abilities. The walk starts at Anchor Square in Bristol and follows the towpath alongside the Avon Gorge towards our beautiful National Centre in Pill.
The event will culminate at the National Centre where walkers will be greeted with a farmers’ market, refreshments and entertainment. The farmers market will also be open to the public for everyone to enjoy. Stall holders from across Bristol and North Somerset will be at the farmers’ market selling a variety of produce including locally produced food and crafts.
Sign up for Stomp today. Registration is £10 per person and £5 for children under 14.