Walk your way

by Tracey Opie in Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,829

raised so far



Increase mobility and fitness, prevent social isolation and build communities using green and blue spaces in low deprived areas of Cornwall.

by Tracey Opie in Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 13th September 2023 we'd raised £1,829 with 44 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With any extra funding or meeting our stretch target we be able to continue with our current walking groups for a longer period of time, add additional amble walks to Helston and lengthen Hayle and even enable us deliver our walking groups to different local towns or villages. In addition we could set up other wellbeing services, some monies will go towards our small core costs, like the insurance and accountants. 

About me - Tracey - founder

In 2014, my, soon to be Husband got diagnosed with terminal cancer and he later died in December 2018.  It was a long fight on his behalf and a lot of caring on mine.  During that period, I believed I was coping very well, and I was prepared for the end.  I was wrong! After his death I was very isolated, no one knew what to say or do, depression was setting in and I was going for walks on my own, which left me very paranoid.  I soon became aware that the 4 years of caring had taken its toll on me physically and emotionally.  Then the country was hit by COVID, working remotely I soon realised, that I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives by setting up Root Training and providing group and 1-1 walks, to support the mental health and wellbeing for those that have a long term health condition, feel isolated or need a safe outdoor space with a low impact walk to improve their fitness.


Within the UK we have an aging population which is increasing and is having a huge impact on our NHS and health and social care providers.  With this service it will help support the 3 main goals of the “Future of Aging” project conducted by the Government which was last updated in 2017.  These are to: maintain wellbeing throughout life, for all individuals regardless of their generation, improve quality of life for older people and enable them to participate more fully in society and ensure everyone can access the tools and facilities to help them live a long and healthy life.


We have received over 82 referrals for our current service, and more referrals arriving each week, from Doctors, Social Prescribers, Inclusion Cornwall, and the NHS.  Our retention level is high with 69.5% of the people returning.  Therefore, proving that there is a need for the service, and we are having a social impact on people lives, providing a quality service for our local communities.  We are Parkinson Awareness Trained, and qualified Walk/run coaches with England Athletics Society.

What people say


What are we tackling

Our Community walking hourly groups are delivered by Tracey Opie on a weekly basis currently covering the local towns and seeking funds to support Hayle and Helston. These walks are a mixture of what we call an amble, for those with long term health conditions and have very low mobility, this provides a safe, flat environment using our local parks and coastal locations.  Our active walk is for those more mobile but still have a condition.  Although our focus is with people with a long term health condition, disabilities, we are open to supporting anyone that is in need, from victim support, carers and parents.  

Our National Lottery funding ended in April 2023. We have received 82 referrals for our current group service, with more referrals arriving weekly, from Doctors, Social Prescribers, Inclusion Cornwall, and the NHS.  Our retention level is high with 69.5% of people returning. The people we support, comment, that it is a great service, they look forward to seeing me each week and it means the world to them.   Feedback is collected during the walks by writing in the sand, comments like: it makes them happy, brighter, fitter, healthier and a space to share thoughts and gets me out the house.  

Our governance is made up of 3 directors, with Tracey Opie managing and delivering the programmes.  We would like to continue with our group community walks in some of the most deprived towns in Cornwall.   

Continuation of making a difference your donations will 

The monies raised with fund walk leader time and travel costs, to enable us to raise awareness of the social impact and enable us to grow long term plus offering more services and reaching more people longer term. 

We believed prior to the cost of living crisis some, not all people would be able to contribute to the groups walks if funding was not gained.  However, this is now unlikely, and this service is more vital now, more than ever.  Due to lack of funding for longer term contracts we feel that reaching out and securing this Crowdfund will enable us to continue our core activity which is our walking groups.  We and those that we support believe that if this service was no longer available, it would have a negative impact on their mental and physical health and wellbeing. 

There is clear evidence that from our previous funders: Active Cornwall, Volunteer Cornwall, The National Lottery Community Fund and Healthy Cornwall our services are required and are a viable and vital service needed by those that serve the local community as well who benefit from it.


Community Impact

  • Our community walks will prevent isolation, provide structure to their week, make them healthier and fitter to those that have a long term health condition therefore, having less impact on the NHS and social care services, not matter of their age. It will also enable them to build friendships and provide a topic of conversation for some, that are carers.  Using the countryside and coastal areas, enables us to embrace the great outdoors, take photos and have the impact of being in the fresh air.  During our walks, we often complete litter picks to help protect the communities and animals from being damaged by the plastic and rubbish that is left on your beaches and countryside areas, therefore doing our bit to support the climate change.  Our group walks will be a FREE weekly hourly activity over the towns of Hayle and  Helston For some people this will be short term activity and for others this maybe a long term service, delivering to the people in some of the most remote and deprived towns in Cornwall.  


During our walks, people are provided with advice and guidance on how to stay healthily, keep warm and how to save money.   In addition, they are advised on what else is happening in their local communities and signposted to other agencies to gain further support. We work with the referrers to keep people safe. 


This project offered rewards

£25 or more

£25 or more - Gannet Inn 2 Sunday roast main meal

£37 worth of Roast Dinner at The Gannet Inn to enjoy. They have kindly provided us with meal for 2 Main Sunday roast. What a treat this would be to dine as part of the Carbis Bay estate in this lovely Boutique hotel, with parking and I can recommend the food its great

£3 or more

£3 or more hand crafted birds nest candle holder

RRP £9 for this locally made hand crafted bird holder, ideal for a gift for your house.

£5 or more

£5 or more - recycled plastic plant pots RRP £10

Thanks to One Blue Eye in Helston, who collects plastic, (you know I am a fan) and shreds the plastic and makes them into various different items. You can have the plant pots in your choice of colour. Great present for someone.

£5 or more

£5 Goldwell hello summer hair pack RRP £12

This cute summer hair pack contains a treatment pack, after sun shampoo and a sun reflects spray and the best thing they are all under 100 ml so you can take them on the plane

£17 or more

£17 or more Mounted Print (abstract) 11 x 4

Worth £25 this print of an original -abstract art (acrylics on canvas) by Kathryn Burgess at Flow motion art, which has lovely blue and green colours and is 11" x 14" and fits a frame of the same size. Please get in touch so send I can send a photo.

£17 or more

£17 or more Wash, Cut and blow dry RRP £36

Calmante in Truro are offering a wash, cut and blow dry, why not win this and the Facial and have a nice whole morning being pampered in the heart of Truro

£20 or more

£20 or more Ladies TSC London Marathon Jacket

Ladies size medium TSC London Marathon running jacket worth £50. Not used, I just can't fit in it any more. Black in colour with yellow strip down the side and breathable.

£22 or more

£22 6 x week online yoga Cheltenham Yoga RRP £47

Viniyoga’ approach to ‘hatha yoga' which means we work with the breath moving in and out of postures and holding them for a number of breaths. Every class has a lying relaxation at the end and we also work with ‘pranayama’ which is seated meditative breathing. Our 6 week online yoga term is normally £47 which gives you access to all our mixed ability online classes: Mondays to Thursdays 6-7.15pm and Wednesdays & Fridays 10-11.15am.

£22 or more

Full body massage worth £48 with Calmante Truro

Enjoy this full body massage at Calmente Truro for a bargain. Need to relax and have some you time, relax the body and mind. This lovely treatment should do the trick.

£25 or more

C25k running programme

Half price for our successful C25K running programme. It is an 8 week programme, that enables you to have a safe, inclusive running programme, to enable you to achieve running 5k "your way" with a supported Parkrun upon completion. To be held on a Wednesday evening at Heartlands

£50 or more

CV writing £50 or more

Discounted rate of my time, as an experienced adult education teacher, you will receive an initial 1-1 conversation about your next steps in your employment, education or career. Guidance will be provided on what to include, layout choices and how to shine above the rest.

£10 or more

Philips of Hayle 4 standard pasties

£20 worth of Philps pasties for you to enjoy. The Hayle shop has provided us with a voucher for 4 standard any flavour pasties, to help us raise money for our walks. This would be great for a picnic, a day out or a family meal so you don't have to cook for once. Either way you will be enabling out community walks to continue.

£10 or more

£10 or more Half Price Brewers Fayre Voucher

Enjoy this £20 voucher to be used a Brewers Fayre at Loggans Moor. Exclusions do apply

£10 or more

£10 treatment voucher worth RRP£25

This £25 voucher can be used to go towards any treatment offered by www.blossom-sky.co.uk There are number of holistic treatments, such as massage, reflexology or a facial glow treatment.

£12 or more

£12 or more Sunday Roast for 2 at the Turnpike Inn

Enjoy a less than half price Sunday Roast for 2 people and the Turnpike Inn at Connor downs.

£25 or more

bundle of 5 hot drink and cake from Birdies in Hay

£45 of Birdies Bistro in Hayle have kindly donated 5 hot drinks and cake vouchers that can be used up until June 2024 for you to enjoy. Donate 25 or more and treat yourselves or your friends for that birthday treat or a Christmas present and make a difference to Roots walking group

£27 or more

£27 or more Facial Treatment at Calmante Truro

Enjoy and relax with a Facial at Calmante Truro with an RRP of £42. Spend some you time having this amazing treatment and make a day of it in Trurp

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