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Success for our fantastic Walk to Remember 2018!



St Mary’s Hospice is celebrating its twelfth year as its biggest year ever for the number of supporters taking part in its Walk to Remember. With a fantastic 742 taking part!! On Friday 6th July, hundreds of walkers completed the much loved fundraising ten mile walk to raise vital funds for St Mary's.

Over 700 supporters - men, women, children and dogs - gathered at Ulverston Leisure Centre to take on the ten mile walk ending at Furness Academy. Supporters also had the opportunity to share their heartfelt reasons for taking part in the event by personalising their t-shirts with special messages for loved ones. Before they set off at 8pm, walkers were treated to a cheerleading display by Dance Elite, a visit from the Barrow AFC mascot, while listening to music courtesy of Cando FM.

After a fantastic warm up by St Mary's Clare Tonkin, an inspiring speech by Chris Sadler - a representative for Orsted sponsors of this year's walk - and St Mary's Mel Dixon including a cheery countdown, the mayor of Ulverston officially declared the Walk to Remember 2018 open!

The walkers were lead out to the amazing sounds of Boom Dang - they all volunteered on the evening and it really created a carnival style feel to the start of the walk!

Walkers were provided with refreshments at Charnleys, by Charnley’s and Tesco donating fruit. Walkers also had the opportunity to leave a special message on the 'Memory Wall' there, before setting off again. Walkers were looked after by marshals and cheered on by St Mary’s care staff at check points. With supporters coming in to a fabulous balloon arch donated by Inspirations, Ulverston and well deserved medals presented by St Mary's staff and volunteers at the finish line at Furness Academy. With Furness Academy supplying much need refreshments and a warm welcome to perfectly end the evening.

St Mary’s Events and Challenges Lead Mel Dixon said in her speech:"St Mary's is a very special place that the team of dedicated doctors and nurses who work tirelessly every single day and night to ensure that our patients and their families feel loved and supported whilst in our care but we can only continue to be special duty generous people like yourselves, so thanks to each and everyone of you."

Last year the Walk to Remember generated a record breaking £57,500 with 692 supporters taking part. St Mary’s provides free care and support for patients, their families and carers within the hospice, at home or in a community setting. Though St Mary’s care and services are free of charge to the community, they are not free to provide and that’s where St Mary’s needs its supporters and key events like the Walk to generate vital funds.

St Mary’s will have final figures later in the year when all the sponsorship money comes in. Mel adds: “Every penny really does count so please remember to pay in your sponsorship money. You can pay it in online, or drop it in to us at the hospice. Thank you all for your wonderful support.”


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