Little steps to making a big difference: the Big Bett Walk

The team behind Bett 2016 is inviting every school in the UK to take part in the ‘Big Bett Walk’, a challenge that encourages children to get active whilst raising funds for one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.


Why’s it happening? The Bett team is taking on the Great Wall of China, and they want schools to be involved (without taking them all to China, which just isn’t possible, unfortunately!) All you need to do is pick a day and time between 18 and 22 October, which is when the trek takes place. Your school’s Big Bett Walk can be any distance, however far you think would make it a fun challenge for your pupils. Be as creative and inventive as you like – whether you use your school grounds or venture out to a local park, it’s completely up to you!


The money raised by the Bett team and the schools involved in the Big Bett Walk will go directly to help Great Ormond Street Hospital. Funds raised will go towards funding an isolation bedroom at the hospital within the Premier Inn Clinical Building, due to be finished in 2017. This specially designed room will mean that parents can be there 24/7 to support their child when it matters most.


Mark Shashoua, CEO of i2i Events Group comments, “We have admired the hard work and dedication of staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and with our collective efforts, we look forward to raising money to help the hospital transform the lives of sick children from all over the UK, with improved facilities. Each year Bett provides pupils with the knowledge and resources that their teachers bring back from the show. This year we want to help those children may not be well enough to go to school too, and that’s why we’ve chosen to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.”


Rachael Willis Fleming, head of account management at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity adds ‘We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner of Bett 2016 and it’s great that the Bett team is encouraging schools to join them in their fundraising efforts. The money raised through this initiative will make a big difference to the lives of our young patients and their families – so a big thank you!’




To get involved, just visit and complete the short form. You can also share details of your efforts on social media by using #BigBettWalk.


Bett 2016 is free to attend and will take place from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 January 2016 at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, please visit You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @Bett_Show.