Children wearing wellies

Supporting local and national charities

In collaboration with St John’s Hospice in Lancaster we organised a 'Welly Walk' along the Heysham to M6 Link Road, giving local residents the opportunity to be the first to walk along the new three-mile route, in aid of the 150 Challenge.

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26th April 2015

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The money raised was split 50/50 between Costain 150 Challenge and St.John's Hospice

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St.John's Hospice, Lancaster

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raised for local and national charities

Community engagement


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Community engagement

Almost 2,700 people walked the new Heysham to M6 Link Road route on Sunday 26th April 2015 for the Welly Walk organised by Costain and St John’s Hospice. The walk offered the local community a fantastic opportunity to see up close how their new road is being constructed.

The walk set off from Lancaster and Morecambe College, where the registration desk queue stretched through the newly built college car park. People were entertained by Considerate Constructors mascot, Ivor Goodsite. 

Ivor Goodsite
Ivor Goodsite, Considerate Constructor's Mascot

“The link road has been at the forefront of the local community for many years and it is one of the main topics of conversation for many local people. The community engagement with local residents in the area has been fantastic and we thought a Welly Walk presented a great opportunity to show our support and raise money for both St John’s Hospice and the Costain 150 Foundation.” Tom Horton, Costain’s Community Relations Officer working on the project.

Children wearing Costain high-vis
Family being interviewed about Costain's Welly Walk
Child and adult at Heysham Welly Walk
Costain's Project Manager standing with lady
Two young girls wearing PPE

The last 1km of the walk involved passing through earthmovers Walters’ fleet of dumptrucks and plant. This included an opportunity to sit in the monster truck capable of carrying 40 tonnes of earth, the children (and grown-ups!) relished the chance to with lots of photographs taken.

Family enjoying Heysham Welly Walk
Local family sitting in the monster truck!

Social media was awash with positive comments about the event. Phil Corris, a retired Police Officer who took part in the walk said, “It was an excellent afternoon. Great fresh air, fantastic views, very interesting and above all brilliantly organised. I was just so impressed, as was everyone around me. Top marks to Costain and St John's Hospice for a great one off event and some richly deserved finances.”

Young boy looking into crowd at Costain's Welly Walk
Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire
Young boy standing in front of stationary machinery

The walk ended at the projects Lune North site where everyone received a complimentary muffin and a drink and free return travel to the college in one of 10 buses kindly provided free of charge from Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.

Costain and St.John's Hospice charity event

"The weather was absolutely fantastic, and I've got to say a huge thanks to everyone who's come along to enjoy the walk and raise money for the two charities. The Walk is quite unique to the industry, which was only possible due to the hard work and commitment shown by the hospice staff, the team delivering the scheme, and by the organisations that provided much needed provisions for the event.” Costain Project Director Andrew Langley

Organising an event for this many people is a real challenge and we simply couldn’t have done it without the fabulous help and hard work from all our volunteers and supporters. Working with Costain has been great too and they did a fantastic job in preparing the route for everyone. This event has raised a huge amount for St John’s Hospice and Costain 150 so huge thanks to everyone who took part.

Head of Fundraising at St John’s Hospice, Catherine Butterworth, commenting on how the event had gone.

Contact and social


Simon Ellison, Sector director
01628 842 444