The Saffery Rotary Walk committee is encouraging islanders to form a relay team and take part in this year’s 20th Saffery Rotary Walk and members of the Royal Court have led by example and will be participating in the challenge.

Due to the success of the relay option, which was introduced last year, the event’s committee is appealing to local companies, organisations and social groups to enter a team that can divide the 39-mile challenge into a number of individual stages.

Each team taking part in the only around the island walk can have a minimum of four and maximum of seven people.

The walk is divided by seven checkpoints and to make sure the whole walk is covered from start to finish team members must, between them, cover all distances between these checkpoints. Walkers will be able to check in and out of each checkpoint with their team identification card.

This year, Deputy Bailiff Richard McMahon and Guernsey’s Jurats have entered a team to tackle the walk and are looking forward to the challenge.

Mr McMahon said: “The Royal Court may be seen as a remote body but the work it does is largely for the good of the community. Many of the Jurats have strong connections with and do a great deal of work for local charities so taking part in the Saffery Rotary Walk is a natural extension of this.

“The team is pleased to be able to support the walk and the worthy charities chosen to be beneficiaries this year. We are enjoying our training and wish the very best of luck to all those taking part.”

Chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk Simon Milsted said: “The relay is the perfect alternative for those who do not want to walk the full 39-miles, which is a hugely demanding and physically challenging distance.

“Being able to divide the walk into seven manageable sections is a great team building opportunity and a way for organisations to engage in corporate social responsibility.

“The committee has set ambitious targets this year and hopes to raise even more money than the record-breaking amount achieved last year. Relay teams are a significant contributor to the funds raised and having even more groups than the 19 who took part last year will really help us to meet our goals.”

The organisers are encouraging corporate teams to appeal to their employers to match funds raised by the team, effectively doubling the final donation, which is an initiative that sponsor Saffery Champness supports.

A prize will be presented to the relay team which raises the most money.