It will come as no surprise that unfortunately we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s walk given the current climate.
It is looking increasingly likely that if we walked to Barnsley we would have no match to watch when we got there. It would also be irresponsible to have up to 80 people walking together in close proximity over three days group given the government guidelines on coronavirus.
As you can probably imagine, Joseph himself is in the vulnerable category so the Kendrick family would be unable to take any part in the walk and their priority, like all of us, needs to be keeping their family safe and healthy.
We will look to carry out the walk later in the year, firstly when it is safe to do so and the infection has been controlled and/or eradicated. And also, ideally when football fixtures resume, which to be honest is of very low importance right now, when people are suffering and even dying.
We would like it to be the Barnsley away game again, as we also had a number of Barnsley supporters doing the walk with us, in memory of one of their own children, #RememberingRowan.
We would like to thank all our fund raisers for putting in such sterling efforts to date and also a huge thanks to everyone who has donated generously to the cause. We have already raised over five thousand pounds and this will remain in the total until we are ready to start actively campaigning again.
We are working with the hotels where many of our walkers have paid up to £150 of their own money to stay over, to try and secure refunds or deferrals so that people who are kindly giving up their own time are also not out of pocket.
I would also like to give huge thanks to Martin Davies, who has been brilliant in helping me organise the route this year. My wife Emma for allowing me to not only dedicate time to planning and arranging the walk for the third year in a row but also by being understanding enough to spend Easter away from the family to help others in need. And thank you to everyone who sponsored me personally.
The fight against NKH has not stopped. NKH has not gone away, so if you do still wish to sponsor us, then the pages are still live and you can do so here:
We of course understand that people have their own priorities during these worrying times so do not feel obliged, as many of us now have more pressing financial circumstances.
Please take care and stay healthy.
Walk 4 Joseph will be back when the time is right to do so. Bigger, better and stronger.
Joseph’s Goal Ambassador and Walk4Joseph organiser