Bring it on!

Midford Manor team L to R : Michelle Goreham, Carol Britton, Anna Pickard and Soniya Thomas. Photo credit: Gavin Osborn.

Happy to feature some of the people taking part in next month’s Circuit of Bath fundraising walk.

With years of experience in the care community, this city-based team will be setting out – with many others – on Sunday, September 25th to raise funds for the Julian House charity.

Midford Manor is a brand new luxury care home, currently being built on the Frome Road, due for completion in early 2023 and promising high-quality residential, nursing and care support for up to 80 residents. 

While the care workers await its opening, customer relationship manager Michelle Goreham has signed her team up to raise money for Julian House, by taking on this epic 20-mile challenge across the outskirts of the city. 

“It’s important that Midford Manor supported Julian House. Homelessness is still a big issue in the city of Bath and we want to be an integral part of helping the community. We’re keen to try all sorts of fundraising too. It’s a bit new to us as a team, but we’re willing to have a go at raising as much money as we can by holding some events and a raffle. We’re fuelled by enthusiasm and we’re keen to reach a good goal for a good cause. The sky’s the limit!” 

For her training regime, General Manager Carol Britton has started walking the two miles to work each day, but doesn’t claim to have any hiking knowhow: “We’re not experienced walkers. I personally have never done a sponsored walk before. But we’re very excited and determined to complete the full 20 miles”. 

Referencing the extraordinary range of Julian House projects, (from its emergency direct access hostel and supported housing, to domestic abuse refuges and criminal justice support) Deputy Manager Soniya Thomas said “I’m really looking forward to raising awareness in the community. Until we looked into it, I didn’t realise how much Julian House does”. 

Gavin Osborn, Community & Events Fundraiser for the charity said “The walk is now in its 21st year and still going strong, bringing the community together. It’s wonderful to see teams like Midford Manor taking on the challenge for the first time, knowing that every penny they raise will ultimately save lives. They’ve set up a Just Giving page and are working really hard to raise as much as they can, all of which will go towards our work with vulnerable and at-risk adults across the South West”. 

Circuit of Bath Walk takes place on Sunday 25th September. 

To sign up and book your place, go to Tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for children and £25 for a family. 

For more information about Midford Manor and the housing options available, pop into their temporary Information Suite at 6 Broad St.