A Light Walk supports ALD and Backup charities
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
alightwalk01-bwFundraising walkers can join the official route for its entirety or for a day or two
UK - The team behind A Light Walk, a charity walk set to take place across 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s Southbank, a total distance of over 101 miles (160 km), which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 24 miles. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 19 miles further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 23 miles to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 18 miles on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the southbank of the Thames a mere 17 miles on, where day five and the full 101-mile walk, ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes, the ALD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022 and industry charity Backup.
Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet!”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which for the past five years has seen continued success. The scheme creates pathways into the lighting production industry by offering real work opportunities alongside established practitioners. The ALD are committed to expanding the current Design scheme and establishing a new Production scheme. All Lumières are paid for their work on the full six-month scheme and on the virtual scheme receive a micro-bursary.
Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry. In the past year, due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, a hardship fund has been established to provide limited financial assistance to those most in need.
There are several ways to get involved and raise money for these causes. For anybody wanting to join the official walk, please let the team know before 30 June at Lumiere@ald.org.uk.
Fundraising walkers can join the official route for its entirety or for a day or two. The walk can also be undertaken remotely by completing the same distance in your local area. For those wishing to help from the comfort of an armchair, we appreciate all your support and donations can be given easily by following the QR code.
You can make your donation via GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/a-light-walk

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