My next challenge is to walk round every Public House on the Isle of
Man, in approximately four days, collecting money in
each for the homeless shelters in Douglas.What makes this a monumental challenge will
be the weather, as I start on Boxing Day 2008 and
hope to finish at the Manx Arms, Onchan by
on Monday 29th December 2008.It is approximately 85 miles.The weather is likely to be cold, wet and
windy – wonderful!If the weather is extreme, as in snowy, foggy
or icy, the walk will be postponed for a day.I do not wish to put myself, or my support
crew, in danger.
Ernie is my main support with his car.I will be taking water, energy drinks, food,
hot tea and even a small amount of rum with me to
keep me warm!The
foot box will come in useful too.I am very grateful to Ernie and to his
colleagues and our bellringing friends, who have
offered support over the four days.
To donate money please e-mail me at email@example.com, putting “Xmas Walk” in the title and I will tell you where to send
a cheque to.There
is a collection tin in most pubs and I will come
round with a bucket to collect during the walk
Day Timetable: The South and the East.
Leave at 9am
Will be shut
Port Erin 12.30pm
Leave PE 1.30pm
Station, Pt St Mary
Will be shut
Port St Mary 2pm
Bay View Hotel
Shore Hotel, Gansey
Colby Glen Hotel
Union Hotel, Castletown
Leave Ctown 5.40pm
Baltic Inn, Foxdale
Horse + Plough
Heron, Anagh Coar
Quarter Bridge Hotel
Open or shut?
Walk back to Onchan
27th December Walk – The East
Start at 12 noon
The Plough Hotel
Royal George Hotel
Leave at 2pm
Glen Mona Hotel
Along Coast Road
Leave Laxey 5.45pm
Creg Ny Baa
Upper Rencell +
Back on myself
Cat with No Tail
Walk back to Onchan
28th December Timetable: North and
Leave at 11.30am
Ginger Hall Hotel
Sulby Glen Hotel
Mitre, kirk Michael
Glen Helen Hotel
Arrive Peel 5.15pm
Leave Peel 7pm
Tynwald Hill Inn
Peel to Douglas Road
Hawthorn Inn, Greeba
Railway, Union Mills
Walk back to Onchan
Bed 1am to 10am.
29th December – Douglas walk.
Start from home
Bucket only, no tin.
C’est La Vie
Old market Inn
Finish at Manx Arms
(a Manx word meaning love and charity) is a
Manx-registered Christian charity. We have
been a charity since January 2008. The roots
of our work are closely tied to Broadway
Baptist Church and stretch back many years to
when a daytime drop-in for men with alcohol
addictions was operated out of The Alpha
Centre, next to the church building.
a small self-contained set of rooms this
drop-in was run by a small number of men from
the church. In the winter of 2005/06 it was
decided that something more was needed for
these men, many of whom were homeless as well
as addicted to substances. The drop-in was
extended to open overnight and for three
months over the coldest part of winter men
would come in and sleep. There were no beds,
both the guys and the volunteers slept on the
sofas or the floor. It was run entirely by
numbers were small it was a success for the
winter. It was then closed and the daytime
work continued. At the start of the winter of
2006/07 church decided that it wanted to open
the drop-in overnight again. This winter it
was far busier and stayed open for longer,
closing overnight in April 2007. The room was
full, people were sleeping everywhere and it
was obvious that something more permanent was
work was still entirely voluntary but
throughout 2007 the search for dedicated
premises started and the daytime work of the
drop-in was extended to cover most of the
week. At the end of the year we were offered a
house by a local property developer and moved
in in January 2008. This allowed far more
space and luxuries such as beds! The formation
of the charity at the same time allowed us to
become separate from the church (although we
remain closely linked to it) and gather funds
specifically for the homeless. One member of
staff is now employed, although the majority
of the work remains dependent on volunteers,
from time spent in the house with the guys to
food and clothing provision.
have contact with the destitute homeless and
those in insecure and unsuitable
accommodation. The majority of the people we
see through or doors are male (provision for
females remains unfortunately limited) and
struggle with substance abuse of some kind.
believe that these men need more than mere
material provision, as important as that is.
While we do provide a place to come for food
and company during the day and a bed overnight
we try to provide an environment of love where
relationships will be formed and the men will
be supported and helped. They do not fit into
existing care structures and if approached
organisationally will often walk away. They
need to be surrounded by people who will love,
support and befriend them. For the most part
they feel rejected by society – a perception
that only long-term, loving work can change.
operate a Christian household in central
Douglas (supported by people of all faiths and
none!) where the guys can come in and receive
material, emotional and spiritual provision.
We are very low key and non-institutional and
focus on building up a relationship with the
guys. We do not operate programs. Numbers
fluctuate between one or two and twelve to
thirteen in the house, with a maximum of six
staying overnight. We have links with services
such as the Alcohol Advisory Service,
Community Nursing, Dentistry and a Christian
addiction agency called Stauros who run an
off-island rehab centre. We receive referrals
from the police, Social Services and the DHSS.
we deal with far smaller numbers than any sort
of homeless work in much of the UK we believe
that this gives us the greater opportunity to
build a relationship with the guys that gives
us the credibility to challenge and have a
positive impact on their lives. As Christians
we believe that this an expression of God's
love for us and the guys. The house is where
most volunteers will spend their time. Our
volunteers are drawn from both Christian and
non-Christian backgrounds and we make no
demands on the faith of people in the house,
volunteers or guys. We are always keen to
stress, however, that we are a Christian
of the house those who are more involved
full-time will visit the guys in prison or
hospital, arrange appointments and transport
with other services, help move people into
accommodation and visit guys in the community.
As with any and all relationships many things
are thrown up and if there is a need we would
always seek to help out.
of the most positive aspect of our work has
been contact with a handful of Christian
households on the island. These are families
who have opened up their homes to one or two
men off the street and have taken them in as
part of the family. In such an atmosphere
amazing work has been done as the families
have practised sacrificial love and accepted
the men in.
we are going
work and life in the house is constantly
changing in both numbers and who we see in. As
we continue to settle into the house we are
seeking to develop stronger links within the
community to begin to offer some sort of work
to the guys. We are also seeking to develop a
rural premises of some kind for those who need
time away from their usual environment. Our
work with women is also very limited and could
be an area we seek to develop.
nature of the relationships we have means that
there are constant challenges to what we do,
how we do it and the links we have in the
wider community. We try to remain flexible to
new ideas and seek out the best way to move
forward. There's always more to do and more to
you can help
are many ways people can get involved.
Undoubtedly our greatest need is for
volunteers to spend time in the house, serving
and befriending the guys. No matter how little
or much people can do we are always grateful
for any time given, be that once every three
months or five times a week. We are open over
lunches and nights and would start new
volunteers off on lunches before progressing
to nights if they so wish.
if people have any sort of speciality or ideas
they believe might help us we are more than
interested in discussing any possibilities and
opportunities with them. We also have a
generous rota of people who provide food for
the household and donate clothing and bedding.
contact one of the people below if you are
interested in getting involved in any way,
making a donation of something or want to know
Wednesday, Friday: 1000 - 1400
other days apart from Thursday: 1230 - 1400
is a work day.
every night 2100 - 0730 the following morning.
Entry between 2100 - 2200 only.
This is a shelter for homeless men aged 25 years or less.It is situated in Kingswood Grove and
can sleep up to 8 men.Admission is 9-10pm and the men are
given dinner, a bed and breakfast in the
are shower facilities and clean clothes etc if
aim is to help these young men regain their
confidence and start them on the road to
accommodation and employment.
Pub Crawl 2008
the idea come from?
I began to
get itchy feet nearly six months
after the double Parish Walk. I
thought to myself I would like to
walk a long way to raise money for
charity again. The idea of doing a
Winter Parish Walk was tempting but
I wanted to do something slightly
different. I wanted to walk round
places like churches and that is
when the idea of walking round pubs
and collecting in them emerged. As
far as I know, nobody has ever
walked round all the pubs in the
Isle of Man. My feet started to itch
a lot – this was an opportunity I
could not resist. It was nearly
Christmas and I could start on
Boxing Day – a bank holiday, and my
friend Ernie would be off work to
I cut out
the list of pubs in the telephone
book and worked my way through them.
The route was the hardest part to
organise. Over a week it got bigger
and bigger as I realised there were
more and more pubs, many not listed
in the telephone book, and I knew my
two-day pub crawl was turning into
something much bigger. 91 pubs later
I had a route over 4 days. The only
consolation was that Jurby and
Andreas pubs had closed, reducing
the distance by 8 miles. If I
collected in each pub for 10
minutes, that meant it would take me
910 minutes, or 15 hours, just to
collect the money. This was going to
be a long walk!
four days of walking:
was 46 miles starting at Peel at
9am, over the Sloc to Port Erin for
12noon and then making my way round
the South of the island, walking the
Ballamodha Straight, until I
finished with the last pub at
'Quarterbridge', to arrive home in
Onchan by 10pm. This was the
longest, most tiring day.
27th December was 26
miles along the East Coast, starting
in Ramsey at 12 noon. As the pubs
were quiet, Ernie and I decided to
go back to Ramsey a week later in
the evening to collect more money. I
walked through Laxey, Onchan and
Upper Douglas to the 'Bowling Green
Pub', before arriving home at 10pm.
December was 33 miles and I left
Ramsey at 12 noon to head to Peel
along the main road. After Peel it
was straight along the main road to
the 'Railway Inn' in Union Mills,
before arriving home at 10pm.
December was 5 miles through
Douglas, starting at 'Sir Norman's'
at 2pm to walk collect in the last
28 pubs, finishing at the 'Terminus
Tavern' at 6pm for a celebratory
route was 110 miles collecting in 91
pubs in 37 hours.
the weather like?
weather would be the greatest
challenge, however after the Parish
Walk I was ready for anything.
Amazingly not a single raindrop fell
on me! However it was cold and the
wind was bitter and strong. From
Dalby to the top of the Sloc it was
freezing and the wind blew cold and
strong. A cup of hot tea at the
Round Table did the job. The coldest
part was leaving the 'Creg' at 6pm
on Saturday. It was 0 degrees and I
had 6 layers of clothes on my upper
body and 2 pairs of trousers on. By
the time I reached the lower
'Liverpool Arms' I was sweating!
the worst part of the walk?
the dark from 4pm to 10 pm for 3
consecutive days was unpleasant. It
was very dark on most of the roads.
Ernie drove 100 metres behind me
along busy roads like the Ballamodha
Straight to protect me and also to
light the way. He had his flashing
yellow light warning cars we were
there. I was wearing high-viz
clothing and 2 LED headtorches; a
red one on the back of my head and a
white one on the front. I had a
flashing red light on my high-viz
belt. I discovered a cheap B+Q LED
headtorch, in addition to the other
white headtorch on the front of my
head, worked very well in allowing
me to see where I was going on the
the best part of the walk?
welcome we received in all the pubs.
Lots of people were expecting us and
I was applauded and cheered. People
shook my hand and were very generous
in their donations. Several pubs
provided Ernie and I with cups of
tea and even free pints. The 'Creg'
very generously gave us a huge bowl
of hot chips which was wonderful.
Sometimes it was difficult to leave
a nice warm fire and friendly
customers to go back out in the dark
did you raise?
It took me
ten hours to count all the coins. I
raised £2400 and split the money
between three charities in the end.
(I did not expect to raise so much
money!) I gave the homeless shelter
Graih £1000, Kemmyrck at 'Kingswood
House' £550 and the Star Club in
Douglas for people with mental
health problems I gave £850. All
three charities I have been involved
with, either as a volunteer or a
I like to thank?
thank Ernie, who supported me in his
car over the first three days. He is
a wonderful friend and very
unselfish. Also, thanks to David who
walked round the Douglas pubs with
me on the Monday. Thanks to Erika
and Alvin who met me in the 'Creg'.
They supported me on the Parish
Walk. Thanks to Penny and Marion for
their help and support. Many thanks
too to Manx Radio and IOM Newspapers
for all the publicity they gave me
along the way. Also thanks go to
Energy FM and Three FM for their
publicity. I must thank all the
publicans for allowing me to collect
in their public houses and the
generosity and support of the Manx
people, again! It was a wonderful
few days and a lot of money was
raised for three very worthwhile
If you see Bethany on her walk, please give generously.