Islanders are being urged to get behind the virtual version of Walk the Wight Your Way, which will culminate in an online celebration this weekend.
On Sunday 10 May, hundreds of Islanders will be joining together to wear something yellow and – within the government guidelines – walk, run, skip, cycle or take part in any other activity on what would have been the event’s 30th year.
There is still time to complete the miles needed in order to earn a medal, and a virtual map can be downloaded to mark participants’ progress. In return for a donation, a virtual footprint can be placed on an online map to show support for the event and those taking part.
A day of online activity will be shared on Mountbatten’s official Facebook page and website from 6am on Sunday, when the usual start of the full walk will be marked. People taking part are encouraged to share their Walk the Wight stories and celebrate the amazing achievements of our Island community, despite lockdown.
At 6pm, when the walk would usually be coming to a close at the iconic Needles Landmark Attraction, everyone is asked to come together for a clap for the Isle of Wight community and for Mountbatten’s nurses and carers who are on the frontline of the coronavirus response.
Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten CEO, said: “Please go to your doorstep or window to show your support for the Mountbatten heroes that are here at the hospice, but also to show your support of each other in the community as we get through this difficult time together.
“We cannot begin to tell you how much your support means to us and how much of a difference it is making during this time. So please join us in making sure Mountbatten’s Walk the Wight Your Way is just as amazing as it would have been,” he added.
Photos, stories and videos can be uploaded to www.facebook.com/MountbattenIW or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org