The Great Big Walk is a UK wide trek aiming to bring communities together, which began in Batley, West Yorkshire on 29 May. Team Cornwall walked through Avon and Somerset enroute to the Eden Project in Cornwall to join the Great Get Together celebrations inspired by Jo Cox, marking the first anniversary of her death.
Our officers joined the walk as it passed through Bristol Centre, South Bristol, Burnham, Bridgwater, Taunton and Chard. The walkers stopped at local community groups and initiatives throughout the area, including Windmill Hill City Farm where some of our officers joined them.
On Saturday evening the walkers stayed at Police Headquarters in Portishead, for some well-deserved rest.
Their final stops on Monday included the Rural Community Council for Somerset, where PCC Sue Mountstevens and Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, LPA Commander for West Somerset joined them.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said “I am excited that The Great Big Walk walkers will be coming through the local communities of Avon and Somerset. I can think of no better idea to bring communities together and inspire people to make a positive change where they live.
“In my experience as PCC, communities that work with each other are stronger and safer and I welcome any opportunity to bring local people together.”
This afternoon one of our PCSOs from Chard joined the walkers from Chard station to wish them luck on their final few days as the walkers left the force area and into Devon. Watch the video of the walkers thanking all of our officers for their support by clicking here.
Acting Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew said “We are proud to be able to support this cause by joining the walkers as they pass through Avon and Somerset. In times like these, it is more important than ever to stand united with our communities. These walkers are bringing the communities of the UK together, so please do offer your support if you see them and show how welcoming we are in the West Country.”
Peter Stewart, Eden Project Executive Director, said “The Great Big Walk is an incredible project that will shine a light on the ordinary people all over the UK doing extraordinary things for their community. Whether coming together in celebration or in solidarity, in times like these the importance of community unity is greater than ever before. This project will share the positive impact that people coming together can have.