St Mary's Hospice @stmaryshospice
St Mary's Walk to Remember 2017 has been one of our biggest and best years yet - thanks to you!
We are delighted to share that we are celebrating our biggest year ever for the Walk to Remember. The night saw crowds of up to 700 people gather at the Ulverston Leisure Centre ready to tackle the ten miles to Furness Academy. The success of the night can be attributed to the hard work of the St Mary’s team, the volunteers and all of the wonderful supporters. Including the team of B.A.E marshals and first aiders who ensured everyone’s safety on the walk.
Event organiser Mel Dixon said: “The night is all about remembering peoples loved ones. Each and every one of the walkers will have a story behind why they joined us on the night. I hope we created an environment that allowed them all to share, reflect and most importantly smile.”
This year the walk welcomed men, women, girls and boys. We’d also like to thank our furry friends for joining us and their owners who were delighted to present their dogs with medals at the finish line!
Big thank you to Claire Tonkin and the team from Ulverston Leisure Centre for all their support leading up to the walk and on the night.
Cumberland Building Society have generously provided sponsorship: Kevin Pybis Branch Manager, Cumberland Building Society “Cumberland is pleased to sponsor St Mary’s Hospice Walk to Remember. This is a great event which will provide a friendly and memorable challenge and, importantly, help raise a lot of money for St Mary’s Hospice.”
And support came from across the community in many thoughtful and wonderful ways. Tesco got involved by providing much needed refreshments and snacks near Dalton. Robert Kitchin from Inspirations donated the balloon arch which added a wow factor to supporters’ welcome and to celebrate their achievements at the end of the Walk leading up Furness Academy. Furness Academy provided the perfect community setting and facilities at the end of the Walk. Academy staff worked hard behind the scenes to provide delicious refreshments and a well-deserved sit down for walkers.
Cando FM helped created a brilliant atmosphere on the night and wholeheartedly got behind St Mary’s Hospice with interviews beforehand to help share what the walk means to the hospice and our community.
Nick Emerson, Cando FM: “The whole Cando FM team would like to thank St. Mary's Hospice for inviting us to be a part of last Friday's 'Walk to Remember' event. It was an amazing experience and really struck a chord with all of us that has re-energised our dedication and passion to serve the community of Barrow and Furness.”
We will have final figures later in the year when all the sponsorship money comes in, but to give an idea: if everyone who took part manages to achieve £30 sponsorship this could cover 127 Hospice at Home visits or provide 45 individual nights of care on our Inpatient Unit.