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Hundreds remember loved ones at Sunflower Walk

Thames Hospice supporters took over Virginia Water on Saturday 9 June, to remember loved ones cared for by us.

Hundreds of local people took part in The Sunflower Walk – choosing to explore a choice of 4k, 6.5k or 13k routes around the historic lake, in Surrey. This is the fourth year we have held our memory walk, and the sun was shining as families and corporate teams - including Conference Contacts, from Maidenhead, and Windsor’s En Route - set off from 10am.

Alison Evans, Head of Community and Events Fundraising at Thames Hospice, said: “Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sunflower Walk. Virginia Water is already a beautiful and tranquil place, but the glorious sunny day made it even more special. Thanks must go to our amazing volunteers who manned the route and to our mini volunteers, who put smiles on the faces of the medal winners passing the finishing point.”

One of the mini volunteers was Hope, aged 10, who gave her time in memory of her grandmother. Hope’s mother Lisa, from Dedworth, said: “The Sunflower Walk is so important to us and helps us remember my mum. When she was poorly we would go to Virginia Water and push her in her wheelchair; she loved the peace and quiet and fresh air.

"It’s got such a good atmosphere and I love the feeling of supporting an important cause that benefits the local community. It’s a sad thing when you lose someone you love, but it’s a good feeling when everyone comes together to remember them.”

The Sunflower Walk was generously supported by John Guest. The next Thames Hospice event is the Bubble Rush – a fun run through multi-coloured bubbles at BCA College. For all the details, click the green button below.

Bubble Rush