Walk with us on 21st September and help celebrate our 25th year!

25 years ago the Oxfam St Albans Group organised a sponsored walk – hoping that it could become an annual event.

Fast forward to 2019 and here we are – celebrating our ‘silver’ anniversary!

The Oxfam Walk for Water 2019

Our volunteers, supporters and walkers may have come and gone over those years and the world may have changed (no internet or WhatsApp in 1994!) but our aims remain the same:

  • To raise funds for, and awareness of, Oxfam’s vital work in some of the poorest countries across the world
  • To encourage and enable people from all walks of life to get out and enjoy the beautiful Herts countryside
  • To make the Walk better each year AND…
  • Make it fun for everyone from 1 to 101 years old! (Did you know our oldest walker did the mini hike aged 104?)

Come and help us celebrate our achievements by walking with us on Saturday 21st September. Register your interest by clicking the Walk for Water tab above and find out more.

Are you celebrating your 25th birthday this year? Or maybe your silver wedding? Maybe you walked with us that first year?

You don’t need a reason to take part – knowing you’re raising money and helping people who don’t have safe water is reason enough.


Above: Volunteers prepare the routes the day before the Walk

See you in September!

The 2018 Walk for Water

Thanks to everyone who supported last year’s Walk – helping raise a fantastic £5354 (107% of target).  The funds raised have already helped Oxfam provide clean water via Life saver Cubes to families devastated by cyclones in early 2019 in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Our supporters also raised over £300 from an emergency street collection in St Albans.

Our next street collection is on Saturday 8th September – if you can help please get in touch


Street Collection for Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Appeal

On Sunday 7th October we gave St Albans the chance to donate to the Oxfam Disaster Emergency Appeal in aid of the Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami. Once again St Albans showed their generosity & over a few hours we were able to collect over £600.

A huge Thank You has to go to our small but perfectly formed team of volunteers who made it happen at such short notice – Hilary, Phillip, Deirdre, Jane & Sue.

If you were unable to donate on the day, you can use the attached link to give directly to the DEC Appeal.


Thank you to everyone who made 2018 Walk For Water a HUGE success!

Thank you to everyone who came along & took part in the Oxfam Walk For Water last Saturday 29th September. We had an amazing 227 people walk one of the routes between 3 & 20 miles, including a couple of runners & many dogs!

So far we have raised an impressive £3655 through donations on the day & via our Just Giving site against our goal of £5000.

Not paid your money in yet? Just go on the Just Giving website or send us an email to oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com for any further details.







Routes all marked up & ready for Oxfam Walk For Water TOMORROW!

The Walks are now all marked up & ready for tomorrow! Thank you to our incredibly valuable & merry band of volunteers for making it possible. We look forward to seeing you at the Oxfam Walk for Water!


Donating to the Oxfam Walk For Water 2018 is easy:
  1. You can donate directlyto the Oxfam Walk For Water 2018 via our Just Giving page.  All donors will get the chance to leave their names and a message if they want to.  You can opt for Gift Aidtoo.
  2. Why not use our TextGiving number to give to Friends & Family? To give £5, text OWFW69 £5to 70070. To give £10, text OWFW69 £10 to 70070.
  3. We will also have “Collect For A Cube” Forms – please make sure you collect plenty of Gift Aid envelopes on the day of the walk so we can claim the extra 25p on each £1 pledge you collect.

All other details you need – See Below…

Introducing the Oxfam Walk For Water 2018 (successor to Herts Hike)

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A HUGE Thank you to everyone who came to see us on Saturday 1st September at our annual Street Collection. We are very pleased to announce that we made an impressive £448 which when added to our total from the Abbey Theatre night means we are almost £1000 into our £5000 Walk For Water fundraising target!


On Saturday 29th September 2018 we will be walking 3, 5, 8, 15 or even 20 miles in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside to raise money for various Oxfam water projects. This will be the “Oxfam Walk for Water 2018” (the successor to the hugely successful Herts Hike which has been raising money for Oxfam projects across the world for over 20 years). For more information on the routes you can access full Walkers Information & Maps.


But don’t worry as you can still come along tomorrow & join us for the walk – we would love to see you! The link above will take you to the Registration Page but we will not be able to process your details for our planning purposes. All this means is that it will take a few extra minutes to get you on our system on the day. We hope you will still join us tomorrow as the weather looks great!


In the UK we take clean, safe water out of our taps for granted, but in so many other countries it’s not like that. People who use unsafe river water for drinking suffer a high risk of disease. In addition, the journeys to collect water are dangerous; women and girls may get attacked whilst on their way. The hours spent in walking represent time lost from schooling, working and caring for families. Just as important as clean drinking water are adequate toilets. You can see more about the work Oxfam does on water & where your money will go HERE 

Watch HERE to view a video demonstrating the Lifesaver Cube which we are raising funds for at the Walk For Water. One Cube provides a family with clean drinking water for a full year & costs just £21.39!


Raising money for the Walk for Water couldn’t be simpler. Please visit our Fundraising Made Easy page to see how, or simply donate directly through our Just Giving page.


The event is entirely run by volunteers & every year we rely on people to give up their time to make the Oxfam Walk For Water a reality. If you would like to donate your time on either 28th (for route marking) or for the actual day on 29th September you can access a Volunteers Sign Up Form HERE.


Alternatively you can contact us at oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com










Thank you to everyone who supported our Oxfam Theatre Night

A big Thank You to all our supporters who came along to watch our Oxfam Charity Play on 7th June, “Dumb Show” by Joe Penhall, in the Abbey Theatre Studio.

We are very pleased to announce that we raised an impressive £650.33 on the night

And another HUGE Thank you to The Waffle House & Cosa Nostra for providing vouchers for our raffle.

We hope you can all join us for our upcoming events:

Saturday 1 September – our annual Street Collection date in St Albans market, to fundraise and to publicise our major event:

Saturday 29 September – all are welcome to the Oxfam Walk for Water, once again offering various routes in lovely countryside, and fundraising for water and sanitation projects in various locations around the world. You can see more at the “2018 Walk for Water” tab. To sign up or get more details, email us now on  oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com


Announcing key dates for 2018: we look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 7 June 2018  Oxfam Charity performance at the Abbey Theatre (Westminster Lodge, St Albans) See details below for play review and how to get your tickets.

Saturday morning 16 June from 10:30 to 1 pm  Oxfam event at Harpenden with inspiring Oxfam stories from home and abroad and information on volunteering, fundraising and campaigning. Sign-up details to follow soon or email us now on  oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com

Saturday 1 September – our annual Street Collection date in St Albans market, to fundraise and to publicise our major event:

Saturday 29th September – all are welcome to the Oxfam Walk for Water, once again offering various routes in lovely countryside, and fundraising for water and sanitation projects in various locations around the world. You can see more at the “2018 Walk for Water” tab. To sign up or get more details, email us now on  oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com

New email address: while emails to hertshike@gmail.com will still be monitored, we are switching to oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com as our main address for the Oxfam Walk for Water.

Our Charity Play on 7 June is “Dumb Show” by Joe Penhall, in the Abbey Theatre Studio and all tickets are £10. Tickets available at the Oxfam Bookshop, Catherine St, and Oxfam Fleetville shop, Hatfield Rd. You can also email on oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com  or text 07941 311324.

About the play: In a luxury hotel, hot-shot private bankers John and Jane are plying TV personality Barry with equal parts outrageous flattery and vintage champagne, both of which he finds irresistible. The pair cajole him into revealing some of the seamier aspects of his off-camera life”. The Guardian says that ‘Penhall simply exposes the seamy side of tabloid journalism and suggests its readers are complicit in its infectious celebrity-baiting’.


Fundraising Goal Achieved for Herts Hike 2017!

We are delighted to announce that we have now reached our fundraising goal for 2017 & hit an amazing £5247.52 (104% of the target).

We are aware that some people may still be collecting so the Just Giving page will remain open to allow you to continue to donate your money for the Kenya Water Project.

Thank you to everyone again for your ongoing support & commitment to the Herts Hike & watch this space for details on our fundraising activities for 2018.



A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made 2017 Herts Hike a great success!









Thank you to everyone who came & joined us on the 22nd Annual Oxfam Herts Hike yesterday

First calculations are that we had 165 walkers & have so far raised over £3500 for our Kenyan Water project which is fantastic.  We know that many of you still have to donate / collect sponsorship etc. from friends & family so we are hoping we can get ever closer to the total for last year – £6000.

To keep things simple, the easiest way to give is through our Just Giving site where you have the opportunity to add Gift Aid to your donation.

For friends & family we also have a TextGiving code which you can use – just text “OXHH77 £10” to 70070

If you collected a Gift Aid envelope on the day or have completed Sponsorship Form, please make any cheques payable to “Oxfam” & send with your Sponsorship Form to:

St. Albans Oxfam Group, 60 Lancaster Rd, St Albans, Herts AL1 4ET

Reminder: For every £25 you collect and return by 31st October 2017, you will get one entry in the Herts Hike Prize Draw!

Also please share your photos with us – via email hertshike@gmail.com or on our Facebook Page – OxfamStAlbans & Twitter @oxfamstalbans.

As always, the day wouldn’t be possible without our amazing group of volunteers so again we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU!


Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group









ONLINE Registration for Herts Hike is now CLOSED

ONLINE Registration for Herts Hike is now CLOSED…

But don’t worry – YOU ARE STILL VERY WELCOME TO JOIN US – just come along to the Scout Hut in Heartwood Forest.  The routes are now all marked up & waiting for you!

THERE IS NO ENTRANCE FEE, we just ask for a donation for our Kenya project.

You can choose between 3, 5, 8, 14 or 20 mile routes through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside & decide which you would like to tackle on the day.  Click here to see a map of the routes Herts Hike Colour Map 2017 .

Last year we raised £6000 for Honduras and this year we will be supporting the project to improve water supplies in Northern Kenya.

All the information you need before you start walking, including contact & travel details is included in the Walkers Information 2017 Sept.  Please note there will be a Parkrun taking place at Heartwood Forest between 9 – 10am so please see the Walkers Information for best start times.

There will be guided walk of the 8 mile route starting from the Scout Hut at 10.30am – we would love it if you could join us for this!

Raising money couldn’t be easier – please visit our Fundraising Made Easy Page which gives details on how to donate directly to the hike, set up your own Just Giving Page (needs to be done before the event starts) or simply give by text e.g. to give £3, text OXHH77 £3 to 70070.

If you would like to collect Sponsors please download our Sponsorship Form here (Herts Hike Sponsorship form 2017) and make sure you collect plenty of Gift Aid Envelopes on the Hike day to allow us to claim an extra 25p on each £1 pledge you collect.

For every £25 you collect and return by 31st October 2017, you will get one entry into the Herts Hike Prize Draw!

Kenyan Water Project

Lack of water is a recurrent and serious problem in the arid lands of Turkana and Wajir in northern Kenya.  In these areas, it is common for up to 35 per cent of the population to be suffering from acute malnutrition at any one time.  Malnutrition occurs when people do not absorb enough nutrients and is often caused by drinking dirty water, as people frequently suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea. Women and girls are traditionally responsible for collecting water, and most of them walk for several hours every day in searing temperatures to access it.


Rose Akuwam, 20, has two children and lives in Kabokorit village, Kakuma, in the arid county of Turkana. The village had a pipeline that supplied three water kiosks, but its 5,578 residents could not access water because the pipeline was damaged and so the water never reached the village.

We could only get water by collecting it from holes we dug in the riverbed.  I would get back home and people would start quarrelling because they were so thirsty.”

Oxfam has significant expertise and experience of working with vulnerable people in the arid lands of northern Kenya.

This is what our money can buy:

  • £22 could provide clean, safe drinking water to 4 people
  • £45 could improve the water supply for 200 people by supporting water providers to deliver a better service

If you would like to learn more about the project, you can download all the details here Oxfam Kenya Water Project


Herts Hike Details

All the Herts Hike routes start from the Scout hut at Heartwood Forest.  It is accessible by bus or car, and parking is available.  All routes are waymarked and points such as road crossings are marshalled; written instructions are also provided.  People walk the route at their own pace following the signs.  Starting times vary, eg for the popular 8 mile circuit it is any time between 9am and 1:30 pm. The longer distance walkers need to start by 9:30 am.

We welcome walkers from local schools, youth groups and community organisations as well as individuals, families and friends.  Fundraising is made simple using our Just Giving page.

If you have any questions please email the team on hertshike@gmail.com.



Best wishes from the St Albans Oxfam Campaigns Group

Hilary Tyrrell 07849 041285

Sue Cockell  07535 69574