For the past 14 years, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK, has been organising annual Sponsored Walks across the country. It’s BAPS’ fun and healthy way of getting everyone involved to help one another.
Some of the recent years have been especially successful in supporting various educational and medical charities [see: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007]. Last year, for example, the Walk helped raise £25,000 for the British Heart Foundation. This year, BAPS is delighted to be supporting Diabetes UK. 10% of all funds raised from the event will be donated to this leading British charity.
This year’s event will be taking place on Sunday 6 April 2008 at 13 BAPS centres across the country. (more details to follow)
It was officially launched on Saturday 12 January by Mr Douglas Smallwood, CEO of Diabetes UK, at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Neasden, London.
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National Sponsored Family Walk & Fun Run 2008 will be taking place in the following 13 BAPS centres across the country:
LondonBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
105-119 Brentfield Road,
Neasden, London NW10 8LD
Sponsored Walk: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Fun Run: 9.00am start
Ashton BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
29 Russell Street,
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 9QS
Sponsored Walk: 10.30am start
BirminghamBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
P O Box 11471, Pitmaston Road,
Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9PW
Sponsored Walk: 11.00am start
Fun Run: 11.30am start
Local Charity: A contribution to Acorns Children's Hospice Trust (Charity No. 700859) which cares for life-limited children and their families from across the West Midlands region.
CoventryBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
53 Heath Road,
Stoke, Coventry CV2 4BQ
Sponsored Walk: 10.00am start (Coventry Memorial Park)
Local Charity: A contribution to Baby Lifeline (Charity No. 1006457) – a unique national charity offering loving care and support to pregnant mothers and newborn babies all over the UK.
HavantBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
9 Leigh Road Havant, Hampshire PO9 2ES
Sponsored Walk: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
LeicesterBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
3 St. James Street,
Off Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 3SU
Sponsored Walk: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Local Charity: A contribution to the Equipment Appeal (Charity No. 1056804) for a Servo Respiratory Ventilator at the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Leicester Royal Infirmary.
LoughboroughBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
132 Moira Street, Loughborough LE11 1AX
Sponsored Walk: 11.00am start
Local Charity: A contribution to the Mayor's Appeal (Charity No. 214654) for the Loughborough Welfare Trust Relief in Need Fund
LutonBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
39 Crescent Road, Luton LU2 0AH
E: baps_luton @mandir.org
Sponsored Walk: 1.00pm start
Milton Keynes The Parks Trust
Campbell Park Pavilion,
1300 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 4AD
Sponsored Walk: 11.00am to 1.00pm
NottinghamBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
102-103 Palm Street, New Basford,
Nottingham NG7 7HS
Sponsored Walk: 3.00pm to 5.30pm
Fun Run: 3.00pm to 4.30pm
PrestonBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
8 Avenham Place,
Preston PR1 3SX
Sponsored Walk: 8.30am to 10.30am
Fun Run: 8.30am to 10.30am
Southend-on-SeaBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1LU
Registration: 12.30pm to 4.00pm
Sponsored Walk: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Fun Run: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
WellingboroughBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir,
16-22 Mill Road,
Wellingborough, Northants NN8 1PE
Sponsored Walk: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
(Irchester Country Park, Gypsy Lane, Little Irchester)
BAPS is committed to being not just a participator in our community – but an active and valuable contributor. And that’s why BAPS in the UK has a long record of various charity initiatives. Most recently, this has included raising funds and awareness for:
- Children in Need, one of the UK’s favourite charity campaigns, through an inspiring cultural programme staged just by children.
- The British Heart Foundation, the UK’s leading charity working to prevent premature heart disease through pioneering research, vital prevention activity, and quality care and support. BAPS raised £25,000 for the BHF during the 2006 National Sponsored Walk.
- The Blue Peter ‘ShoeBiz Appeal’ in support of a worldwide UNICEF campaign aimed at helping needy children in Malawi orphaned through AIDS. Young BAPS volunteers collected over 4,000 pairs of shoes.
- Breast Cancer Care, UK, the country’s leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast health concerns. BAPS volunteers helped collect £12,000 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2007.
See also our 2007 Year in Review newsletter for a glimpse of last year’s major events.
National Sponsored Family Walk & Fun Run 2008 will be in support of the following two charities nationally as well as a number of local charities at various centres across the country: