More than 150 people took part in St Clare Hospice’s Walking in Memory 5k walk on Sunday 19th September as the annual flagship sponsored fundraising event raised more than £6,000 for the hospice charity in vital funding.
Starting from St Clare Hospice, the 5k route wound through the beautiful fields and footpaths of the local Hastingwood countryside, courtesy of Paris Hall Farm, taking participants on a thoughtful journey as they remembered lost loved ones.
Event Organiser, St Clare Challenges and Events Fundraiser Dani De’ath, said: “It was a privilege to be able to put on this thoughtful remembrance event for the people of West Essex and East Herts. The atmosphere was amazing at the event, with so many people joining together to not just remember, but also celebrate the lives of those they love and miss.
“Everyone came with their stories about those they were walking for and some even wore t-shirts with pictures of the people they were remembering. It was such a poignant moment to see a sea of windmills gently turning in the breeze – knowing that each windmill had a story of love and loss behind it.
“Being able to participate in this shared remembrance event was a positive experience for so many walkers. Our event gives families a chance to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, and sits at the heart of St Clare’s mission to support local people facing death, dying and bereavement, in any way that we can.”
However, Walking in Memory meant so much more than only the event itself – with participants’ tickets and sponsorship money totalling more than £6,000 in vital funding for the Hospice.
“We’d like to thank everyone who attended, and volunteered, on Sunday for their support of St Clare Hospice – the money that we raised at Walking in Memory will be channelled back into our care services supporting local people at the end of their life, and through bereavement,” adds Dani.
St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses across West Essex and East Herts border. We care for patients and their families, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, and ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice. Our services are free of charge to those who need our care, but cost around £5 million a year to run. With limited NHS funding we need to fundraise the majority of this each year through donations and other voluntary sources.
- Lead Photo: And they’re off….Walking in Memory 2021 begins © Vikki Lince
- Duncan and Terry joined together to walk in memory of mum and wife Barbara © Vikki Lince
- Fred brought his family together to walk in memory of his wife Sandra
- Mother and son walk in memory of father and grandads at St Care Hospice’s Walking in Memory event
- St Clare Hospice’s Walking in Memory is a family event for all ages © Vikki Lince