Big Steps of Hope: A virtual walk

South Yorkshire Branch volunteer, Vicky Paeschel, says if you can't make it to Sheffield to take part in the MND tribute walk she is organising in memory of her mum, Annina, this summer - you can always sign up to a Virtual Walk and take a step against the disease that way.

But how do you do a virtual walk? Vicky has that covered. Go to the event website at and click on the virtual walk button and once registered you are set up to do your own walk, hike or stroll anywhere in the world at any time of your choosing.

Potentially that means walkers could be hiking against MND in Antarctica, but Vicky has her sights set a bit closer to home for the people choosing the virtual option. "We've had some interest from Switzerland, because my family lives over there. I have some friends and family in America and Australia as well so hopefully they will sign up as well," she says.

Real life walkers will be gathering in Sheffield's Graves Park on 25th August, which would have been Annina's 50th birthday, for a 5 kilometre walk on wheelchair and buggy accessible paths. Four legged friends are also welcome.

Vicky, who started volunteering for the Association about two years ago, is looking to raise awareness as widely as possible and get people sharing their experiences via social media.

"There will be an opportunity for people to share their reasons for taking part, uploading (to the website gallery) a photo of their loved ones or anyone that they're walking in support of. For me this walk is not only about fundraising, it's also about bringing people together and making it very personal in terms of sharing stories and getting people to connect," she said.

Words by Keiron Henderson - Volunteer writer

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