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Service users’ sponsored walk for Tatton and how you can get involved!

Our service users and volunteers are doing a sponsored walk to raise funds to get us to Tatton and are inviting you to join them from wherever you are!

In June, they’ll be coming together for a two and a half mile, hour long walk around Hollingworth Lake and they’d love if you could support them by sponsoring them or through doing your own walk and donating to Petrus.

They’re hoping to raise money to support our return to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park this July, where they’ll share their garden ‘Full Circle’ that they designed alongside staff.

Routes you can take to get us that one step closer to Tatton:

Take a walk, make a donation
Choose a walk local to you you’d like to do and then support our service users as they do theirs through donating to their online sponsorship page at

Arrange your own sponsored walk
Organise your own solo or group sponsored walk with friends, family or colleagues. Set up your own fundraising page to raise funds directly for us and ask people to sponsor you. You’ll find all the information you need in the ‘Fundraise in support’ section on

Support a service user or volunteer
Sponsor our service users and volunteers as they do their walk at

Spread the word
Share our service users’ sponsorship link with your friends, family, colleagues or on your social media to spread the word and encourage them to get involved.

Have ideas to support us?
For any individuals or businesses who’d like to support us to get to Tatton through other donations, please get in touch with us at

Why our service users and volunteers are asking for your support

Volunteers at Tatton Park

In 2019’s Tatton show, we won both the Silver Medal and the People’s Choice Award for our 'Petrus Paradise' garden designed by our service users, volunteers and staff which reflected a service user's journey through life with Petrus.

It was an incredible experience and extremely rewarding for us all to be involved. It gave our service users and volunteers the opportunity to show the value they can bring to their community, gain a sense of belonging, be part of a team, gain confidence in their abilities and recognise what they’re capable of achieving, improve their wellbeing and develop a range of skills.

It also presented a chance to challenge stigmas and negative stereotypes associated with homelessness.

Service user Les said: “The odds were against us in getting the Silver Medal, we had a lot against us really and we had to prove our worth at the ceremony. I just felt great when we won, I just kept thinking 'How could we have done this?' We're just a team from Rochdale and we thought ‘How could somebody from adverse worlds produce such beautiful work?’”

Eileen, who volunteers at our PIER garden, added: “Being part of Tatton Flower Show in 2019 was marvellous, it's one of the best experiences of my life actually. It was such good fun building up the garden, we had a good laugh, we were tired - it was exhausting, but we really pulled together as a team. It was fabulous and then obviously the icing on the cake was that we won, not only the Silver Medal but the People's Choice! Which was just perfect really because it did so much to up the image of people who have been homeless.”

But we need your help to get back to Tatton this July with our new garden ‘Full Circle’, reflecting the need to go back to nature to find solutions.

Whether you're walking like our service users and volunteers or sponsoring them as they do, you're doing something amazing to give them those incredible opportunities and experiences they had to tackle stereotypes once again.

Let us know you've taken part!

Tag us on our Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and share why you walked for Petrus or sponsored our service users and volunteers! Feel free to send us any photos and videos of you getting involved.

Steps to take to stay safe

If you’d like to join our service users and volunteers by doing your own walk, make sure you’re following the latest government COVID-19 guidance. You can find information and advice by visiting

For your own safety and that of our communities, please don’t take part in a walk if you’re experiencing symptoms of or have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Instead, please consider sponsoring our service users and volunteers as they do theirs:

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