We are over the moon to share we have celebrated ours biggest year ever for their 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.
We provide free care and support to people living with life limiting conditions and their families. It wouldn’t be possible for our patients and
their loved ones to have the high quality care and support they deserve without the wonderful and generous support we get from our community
in events like this. Though all St Mary’s services are free they are not free to provide so literally every step in our Walk to Remember has
raised vital funds enabling us to be there when families need it most.
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.
Sponsorship monies can be paid in in the following ways:
Barrow warehouse – Call in with cheque or cash – Please write name on reverse of cheque
Ulverston Hospice – As Above
B.A.C.S. Transfer – Imperative to include your full name in the reference details
Natwest Account in the name of Hospice of St Mary’s of Furness