Posted on January 7th 2018 by Jason Rawles
Our National Health Service is the pride of the world. FACT! It must be a tough but rewarding ask to spend all your working life helping others, in sometimes tough conditions (A&E, front line Paramedics etc.) and it must take its toll not just physically, but mentally also.
One thing I do know is that walking is a wonderful route to mental wellbeing. Just being in nature is the most amazing way to create headspace and declutter your mind. That’s why, in my capacity as an Adventure Guide, I’d like to do something to help…
How will you do that Jase?!
I’d like to offer a series of free of charge guided walks throughout 2018 that will also include a little tuition on map reading (if time allows) and a small gift (TBC). The walk will help you escape from the pressures. The tuition will help you get out on more adventures. The gift will help you reduce your single use plastics footprint so have an environmentally positive impact. I hope this is a pretty complete day!
Will they be across the UK?
Yes, they will be in –
Brecon Beacons (Wales)
Peak District (England)
Lake District (England)
Ben Nevis (Scotland)
Are there any conditions?
Well yes, but not many!
- Maximum of 50 people per day.
- You must be an employee of the NHS to book and you can bring a friend (maximum 2 people per booking).
- Booking closes one week before the walk.
- Dogs are welcome unless otherwise stated.
- Minimum of 4 people.
What’s needed from me if I want to come along?
You need to get yourself to the start point and I will send information with postcode in advance. You’ll need a small amount of kit and it won’t need to be expensive just to keep you warm, comfy and fed/watered. I will send a kit list in advance and offer a discount at retail places if you need stuff. You need to be willing to have a tonne of fun and forget about the NHS pressures for the day. Tell your friends, share this blog, connect with me on social media (see below) and get excited.
Each walk will be between 5hrs and 7hrs in length. Ben Nevis will be the biggest day but we will take our time and the emphasis is on fun. Some fitness will be great but it’s not the be all, and end all. We will walk as a group and help each other out. This is about doing something nice and not route marching our way around the mountains. Let’s take a break, let’s be cool!
Otherwise, I have your back and it’s all under control!
What’s your credentials to do this Jase?
I’m glad you asked. I have the qualifications and insurances needed to run this safely. I work as an Adventure Guide around the world and am passionate about the outdoors, adventure and helping people. I’m supported by wonderful brands like Ordnance Survey, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, and Elliot Brown Watches.
Having been in mountain rescue for a few years I have seen the positive impact that the front line NHS services offer. Having had numerous operations, including a recent wrist reconstruction, I have seen the NHS in all it’s supportive glory. I want to do something nice for people who are working tirelessly and passionately to help others.
What are the dates for these legendary NHS days out?
5th May 2018 – Peak District (meeting point in Edale)
6th May 2018 – Lake District (Scafell Pike from Wasdale)
23rd June 2018 – Dartmoor (meeting point Okehampton)
24th June 2018 – Brecon Beacons (Pen y Fan horseshoe from Pont yr Daf car park)
8th July 2018 – Snowdon (meeting point in Llanberis)
15th September 2018 – Ben Nevis (from Glen Nevis car park)
How do I book?
Click the relevant link below and you’ll be directed to my Bookwhen schedule page. There is a password to confirm the booking which is –
Once booked I’ll email details of kit and expectations to help you plan and get excited.
A lot of you have asked about making a donation to support the NHS. I’ve decided to put my full shoulder behind the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. They do AMAZING work for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who need a helping hand. They support those who are struggling, often because of mental or physical health issues, domestic abuse or financial hardship. I felt very emotional chatting with them today. Link to my Just Giving page is –
I’m really excited to run these for you bunch of legends and I hope to see you in the great outdoors!!!
Thank you for everything you do. The NHS and the people who work in it are all that’s great about our wonderful country and who we are. You’re AMAZING and if I can do one small thing, to give you a little break, then I’ll consider it a great privilege.
Thanks for reading.