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Spend a starry night on the Nightline walk raising funds for children's charity Widehorizons

Spend a starry night on the Nightline walk raising funds for children's charity Widehorizons

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HAVE you ever seen the sun set in London and then rise again in Kent - all in the space of a few hours?

Well that's exactly what you can do on June 21 while taking in some of the most stunning walks in the south-east including the Green Chain Link, London Loop, Darent Valley Path, and North Downs Way.

We are proud to announce we have joined forces with children's charity Widehorizons to launch the Nightline event which will bring smiles to the faces of readers in Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley and north Kent while raising vital money for the area's youngsters.

Walkers who sign up will have a choice of a 25km or 50km event with hundreds of florescent arrows showing you the way along the carefully planned route.

Meanwhile, everyone will be treated to soup and bread rolls at the half-way point and a hot breakfast on the finish line.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday June 21
  • Time: Registration from 6.30pm
  • Walks start at 7.45pm in Eltham and 11.30pm in Horton Kirby
  • Distance: 25km (5-6hrs) or 50km (10-12hrs)
  • Start location: Eltham or Horton Kirby (near Dartford)
  • Finish location: Horton Kirby (near Dartford) or Wrotham, Kent
  • Minimum age: 16

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2:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Outandabout says...

Always puts me off when I see what small charities pay their chief executive, according to this charities accounts (on their web page) this charity had £475,000 in reserves (in July 2012 - the last accounts available) and pays their CEO between £60 thousand and £70 thousand a year. So you have to eclipse that figure before your money does any good. No thanks.
Always puts me off when I see what small charities pay their chief executive, according to this charities accounts (on their web page) this charity had £475,000 in reserves (in July 2012 - the last accounts available) and pays their CEO between £60 thousand and £70 thousand a year. So you have to eclipse that figure before your money does any good. No thanks. Outandabout
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6:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Alex Brooks-Johnson says...

Outandabout
It's great that you have taken the time to read our accounts but I'm really disappointed that you are trying to put people off supporting Widehorizons and signing up to Nightline based on two misrepresentations of our accounts. As a charity professional, I totally agree with your principle of supporting effective causes but fear you may be inadvertently and negatively affecting the success of this event, which we are relying on to raise funds for our amazing charity. We need this support and here's why....
Firstly, the £475,000 you mention is our bank balance when the accounts closed at the end of July. This isn't a pot of cash we have readily available, in fact what you would call reserves for us is £0. Our business is seasonal and the accounts closed at a time just after a busy period for us. I wish we had that much in reserve! The Charity Commission guidelines are for six months reserves (should be £1.6m for us, rather than £0).
Secondly, the figure you deem to be my salary is fact that of my predecessor and includes pension, employers national insurance and is the total cost to the charity. This is common in all charity accounts.
I can totally assure you that I am well worth my salary. I have skills and experience that enables any donation to Widehorizons to be used as effectively as possible. My skills and experience also enable us to develop an organisation that is capable of running 65,000 days of adventure last year with no accidents, with over a third of those children visiting the countryside for the first time and securing support from businesses and trusts in the face of Local Authority spending reviews. I work at Widehorizons because I passionately believe in what we do, not for the salary, there are certainly better paying charities if that was my motivation. I also have a vision for the future and one which, due to my skills and experience, we are on course to deliver.
I'd be more than happy to meet you to explain the benefit of supporting a charity that is run by fairly-paid professionals, meaning that donations are effectively used and the organisation is as efficient as it can be, and what impact your comment may have had on recruiting support for this great event and in turn our aim to provide adventures to more and more children every year. Alex Brooks-Johnson (Widehorizons CEO)
Outandabout It's great that you have taken the time to read our accounts but I'm really disappointed that you are trying to put people off supporting Widehorizons and signing up to Nightline based on two misrepresentations of our accounts. As a charity professional, I totally agree with your principle of supporting effective causes but fear you may be inadvertently and negatively affecting the success of this event, which we are relying on to raise funds for our amazing charity. We need this support and here's why.... Firstly, the £475,000 you mention is our bank balance when the accounts closed at the end of July. This isn't a pot of cash we have readily available, in fact what you would call reserves for us is £0. Our business is seasonal and the accounts closed at a time just after a busy period for us. I wish we had that much in reserve! The Charity Commission guidelines are for six months reserves (should be £1.6m for us, rather than £0). Secondly, the figure you deem to be my salary is fact that of my predecessor and includes pension, employers national insurance and is the total cost to the charity. This is common in all charity accounts. I can totally assure you that I am well worth my salary. I have skills and experience that enables any donation to Widehorizons to be used as effectively as possible. My skills and experience also enable us to develop an organisation that is capable of running 65,000 days of adventure last year with no accidents, with over a third of those children visiting the countryside for the first time and securing support from businesses and trusts in the face of Local Authority spending reviews. I work at Widehorizons because I passionately believe in what we do, not for the salary, there are certainly better paying charities if that was my motivation. I also have a vision for the future and one which, due to my skills and experience, we are on course to deliver. I'd be more than happy to meet you to explain the benefit of supporting a charity that is run by fairly-paid professionals, meaning that donations are effectively used and the organisation is as efficient as it can be, and what impact your comment may have had on recruiting support for this great event and in turn our aim to provide adventures to more and more children every year. Alex Brooks-Johnson (Widehorizons CEO) Alex Brooks-Johnson
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