Carers Stepping Out into Nature with NHS

by Stepping Out into Nature in Hertford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th October 2020 we successfully raised £12,141 with 86 supporters in 51 days

Please help us support the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic by raising funds for walks for carers and the people they care for.

by Stepping Out into Nature in Hertford, England, United Kingdom


Carers Stepping Out into Nature with NHS Social Prescribing - a Covid 19 Project

The impact of COVID-19 on Carers and those they care for has been devastating. 

Carers and the people they care for have suffered in so many ways from the Covid19 pandemic.

•physical inactivity

•mental distress, loneliness & isolation

•loss of social confidence

Walking in beautiful natural surroundings, amongst friends, enjoying fresh air and spectacular scenery is one of the simplest and finest antidotes to all they have endured. If only the walks could be offered on the NHS…..WELL, NOW THEY CAN


Stepping Out with Carers CIC has been offering walks like these since 2016 and has now teamed up with the NHS in Hertfordshire to offer them to people struggling after lockdown and their carers as a wonder drug with only beneficial side-effects.

The positive power of walking can benefit people with: 

•cardiovascular health issues
•lung disease
•back pain
•dementia and other mental health issues and act as a life-enhancing, mood-lifting, vitamin D-absorbing, muscle-toning all-round joy.

WHAT we’re doing.

Putting on walks (one long & brisk, one shorter & easier) in beautiful places for NHS patients and their carers for the rejuvenating, life-enhancing benefits the natural world & new friends can provide.

*These walks will be smaller, socially-distanced, risk-assessed and observing all necessary anti-Covid19 precautions when government regulations apply and revert to full size as soon as conditions allow.

WHY it’s important.

So many people and their carers, especially during the pandemic, struggle with fitness, isolation and mental health. Meeting other people and doing something as simple as supported walking - with friendly volunteers in glorious surroundings - can change a bad day to a good one with lasting positive effects.

HOW you can help.

This is a pioneering project.  Your donation will open a door. It will help remove all the barriers to an outdoor adventure that people who have been confined largely in their homes due to illness or disability or mental health issues have been unable to access.

WHY DO WE NEED £12,000?

Every penny raised in this appeal will go towards the production of the Stepping Out/NHS walks.

It will pay towards:

  •  a 12-months programme of walks throughout Hertfordshire.
  •  entry costs/car parking to wonderful venues like gardens, stately homes & their grounds, forests, woodlands, National Trust and English Heritage Properties, country parks and sport centres.
  •  transport for people who would not otherwise be able to attend to and from the event. eg. Community buses and specially provisioned wheelchair taxis.
  • lunch for everyone after the walks.
  •  training for volunteers in first aid, dementia awareness, walk leadership.
  •  publicity materials like flyers, banners, posters to reach as many people as possible.
  •  photos, films and social media coverage to capture the memories of a wonderful day & help spread the word.
  •  independent evaluation to assess this project with view of providing template for ultimate adoption nationwide.

We need to raise £12,000 to make sure we can continue to offer these fantastic walks to Carers and those they care for.



A day out with all the stresses removed is our way of saying thank you for the quiet heroic lives they have been leading - not just for the last six months but, in some cases, for years and decades before that.

You could improve the lives of Carers and those they care for by making a donation today and supporting future walks for so many.

We also know that publicity is crucial for our campaign, so please help us spread the word on social media: 

Twitter @carersstepout 

Facebook @carersstepout

Instagram @carersstepoutuk


Please help us, this unique partnership between Stepping Out and the NHS, to raise the funding to support carers and the people they care for - and put a spring in their step. 

Thank you for your support.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

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Join one of our Walking Adventures!

We will offer a group of up to four people the opportunity to join one of our walking adventures - long or short to a variety of prestige destinations such as Hadfield House, Wimpole Hall, Audley End (at which the award winning wildlife writer Simon Barnes will be appearing along with free copies of his magical book “Rewild Yourself”), Knebworth Hall, Henry Moore Foundation, Benington Lordship Garden. Includes a delicious lunch.

£10 or more

1 months membership - St Albans Business Community

One months free membership of the St Albans Business Community to everyone who pledges a £10 donation. The reward is worth £25! (T’s & C’s apply) They are a fantastically active community “Driving Business Your Way”

£10 or more

Hive Café - Old Town Hemel - free hot drink -T&c’s

For anyone who donates £10, visit the fabulous Hive Cafe in Old Town Hemel (where the brownies are amazing) and receive a Buy One Get One Free on all hot drinks.

£10 or more

Beautiful Christmas Cards (5 cards)

5 beautiful Christmas cards featuring our wonderful mascot ‘Bernard the caring Cockapoo’ printed on sustainably printed card, packaged and posted.

£20 or more

Christmas Edition of the Carers Family Radio Show

A fantastic opportunity to be part of the Christmas Edition of the Carers Family Favourites Radio Show - record your own message to friends and family and request the record of your choice. The show will be hosted by presenter Pete Hill and broadcast on UK Health Radio which has a global reach of over 1 million listeners.

£20 or more

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Sophie Christiansen - Two Complimentary Tickets

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes - multi-gold medal-winning equestrian Sophie Christiansen is offering two complimentary standard memberships to her Gold Club as she trains towards next year’s Paralympics in Japan.

£20 or more

A Brilliant Portrait Shoot (Family or Individual)

For all donations of £20 - 50% discount on a brilliant portrait shoot (family or individual) from

£50 or more

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Q & A with World Champion Swimmer Karen Pickering

For a £50 donation a school or swimming club can have a fantastic Zoom chat or Q&A with Olympian & World Champion swimmer, Karen Pickering, broadcaster, inspirational speaker, founder of the Splash Awards and a great entertainer.

£100 or more

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Team Work talk by Emily Evans - from GB Rafting

Our wonderful ambassador: adventurer, abseiler and sportswoman, Emily Evans, part of the World Championship-winning GB Rafting team is offering a fantastically insightful and entertaining talk on team work and winning together to any school or business that donates

£100 or more

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Talk by Emma Wiggs Paralympic Paracanoe Champion

Emma Wiggs MBE, Paralympic Paracanoe Champion & x8 World Champion is offering a school/business visit to discuss her brilliantly successful career.

£100 or more

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Signed kit from Olympic Gold Medalist Emma Wiggs

Emma Wiggs MBE, Paralympic Paracanoe Champion & 8 x World Champion is offering a piece of signed kit from the Rio Olympics where she won gold.

£500 or more

Sponsor a (smaller) Carers Walking Adventure

Sponsorship of the entire event (size small - under 30 people due to Covid-19 pandemic regulations (*Sponsorship includes opportunity for display banners, flyers, photo shoot, social media on the day etc; four guests/staff places to join as volunteers

£1,000 or more

Sponsor an entire - large Carers Walking Adventure

Sponsorship of entire event (size large 30-60 people) at one of our blockbuster outings in 2021. This could be a special visit to English Heritage’s Audley End with guest appearance by award-winning journalist and wildlife writer, Simon Barnes, plus signed copies of his brilliant book - Rewild Yourself (*Sponsorship includes opportunity for display banners, flyers, photo shoot, social media etc; four guests/staff places to join as volunteers

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