Date published: Thursday 6th August 2020 | 12:30 GMT
Flagship fundraiser to go ahead this September
West Essex and East Herts charity, St Clare Hospice, is inviting members of the local community to attend their second annual Walking in Memory event, which will take place at the Hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday 20th September.
This year’s event will have additional safety measures in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure the fundraiser can go ahead safely and adhering to all current government guidelines. This includes having three staggered start times of 10am, 11am and 12noon with a maximum of 100 people at each time slot to allow social distancing.
Sarah Thompson, St Clare Hospice CEO, said: “Walking in Memory is a very special event for the whole family to take part in and is a thoughtful way to honour those who we love and miss by coming together with others who understand. This year, more than ever, we know our community needs an uplifting event like this and a special way to remember those we have lost – whether during the coronavirus outbreak or before. Many people have struggled with bereavement on their own whilst in isolation, and as the lockdown measures begin to lift, this is a special way to make up for that lost time and to grieve.”
Walking in Memory is St Clare’s flagship fundraising event of the year, and aims to bring together local people and families to take part in a 5k countryside walk to celebrate the lives of those who have died.
Starting from St Clare Hospice, the 5k route winds through the beautiful fields and footpaths of the local, Hastingwood countryside, courtesy of Paris Hall Farm. On the day, participants can also expect to receive a complimentary, hand-held windmill that can be personalised in memory of the person they are walking in honour of.
St Clare’s ‘top fundraiser’ from last year’s Walking in Memory event was Carley Chitticks who walked in memory of her mum Michelle, who was cared for by the Hospice in 2019. Carley and her family raised an impressive £8,260 in sponsorship. Carley Chitticks commented:
“We took part in St Clare’s first-ever Walking in Memory event last year and it was a really special day. We were lucky that the weather was so sunny – making it a lovely event for the whole family. Our young daughters and nephews were able to take part, and the hand-held windmills were a lovely touch and made a beautiful display in the hospice gardens. My nephew was thrilled to see them still in the gardens months later too.”
“We will be taking part again this summer, and encourage everyone who joins us to try and raise as much sponsorship as they possibly can. Anything you raise will help to fund the amazing care St Clare Hospice provides – for local families like ours. You never know when you might need the support of your local hospice, and we cannot imagine what we would have done without it at our time of need.”
Register for Walking in Memory today!
Registration for Walking in Memory is now open, sign up here.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, or £27.50 for a family of four. Please note: Everyone is welcome to attend the event, but due to the nature of the course it is advised that the landscape is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. On the day, participants will be asked to arrive no more than 30 minutes before their agreed start time. This is to ensure that each timed group of people is kept separate from the others, to minimise the amount of people coming into contact.