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St Clare Hospice: Walking in Memory event brings locals together to remember loved ones

Charity / Thu 29th Jul 2021 at 10:04am

WEST Essex and East Herts charity, St Clare Hospice, is inviting members of the local community to attend their third annual Walking in Memory event, which will take place at the Hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday 19thSeptember 2021 at 11am.  

“Walking in Memory is a very special event for the whole family to take part in,” explains Sarah Thompson, CEO at St Clare, “and is a thoughtful way to honour those who we love and miss by coming together with others who understand.” 

“Starting from St Clare Hospice, together we will walk a 5k route through the beautiful fields and footpaths of the local, Hastingwood countryside, courtesy of our friends at Paris Hall Farm – in memory of lost loved ones.” 

Walking in Memory is St Clare’s flagship fundraising event of the summer, and aims to bring together hundreds of local people and families to take part in a 5k countryside walk to celebrate the lives of those who have died.  

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.  

“We wanted to add a special touch to the event that would stay with people even after the walk finishes,” explains Dani De’ath, Challenges and Events Fundraiser at St Clare. “The windmills will be placed in the Hospice grounds as part of a wonderful, colourful, memorial display, and there will also be some available to purchase for people to take home.” 

“We’re really looking forward to our Walking in Memory event going ahead this year, which has become a special annual tradition at St Clare. After the last very difficult 18 months, with many people unable to properly mark the deaths of their loved ones with social distancing restrictions in place, it will mean even more for families to come together in remembrance. Also, by walking in memory of someone special, you’ll be helping to raise vital funding that supports St Clare to continue offering our specialist, compassionate care to local people living with a life-limiting illness, and their families. It’s a really powerful way of supporting others in the community to live, and die, with peace and dignity.” 

Registration for Walking in Memory is now open via stclarehospice.org.uk/walkinginmemory 

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. 

For more information on taking part in Walking in Memory, please contact Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or[email protected] 

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