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Fantastic community support for much loved Sunflower Walk

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

A sea of brightly coloured Thames Hospice supporters walked to remember their loved ones to raise vital funds for the charity’s favourite annual Sunflower Walk last Saturday (18 June 2022), which took place for the very first time around Bray Lake and at the Hospice.

Our intrepid Hospice hikers were out in force, choosing to walk the distance of 2.5k, 5k or 10k. Whilst taking in the stunning aquatic scenery, many participants also reflected on precious memories of their loved ones.

Michaela Parker, who walked in memory of her mum, said: “We took part in the Sunflower Walk as the Hospice looked after my mum last year before she passed away. The team here were great for caring for both her and my whole family.”

After making it through the finishing line, supporters collected their well-deserved medal and joined Hospice colleagues for an afternoon of entertainment, delicious refreshments and relaxation in the Hospice gardens. Many also took the opportunity to leave a special message for their loved one on a dedicated memory tree at the Hospice.

To date, the Sunflower Walk event has raised an incredible £20,000 for Thames Hospice.

Thames Hospice’s new Fundraising and Marketing Director, Amy Chambers, said: “I absolutely loved being a part of my first Sunflower Walk; it was very special to be able to meet and thank those who attended. Some participants were joining us for the first time, and others have taken part every year.

“It was humbling to hear stories of how beautifully the Hospice cared for their loved ones. It’s understandably a very emotional day for many people, uniting with others to remember friends and relatives who have passed.

“We are eternally grateful for our community’s unwavering support. All funds raised from the Sunflower Walk will help us to continue to provide compassionate hospice care.”

A massive thank you to all our staff, volunteers and suppliers who each gave their time to support the event and ensure it ran smoothly! A special mention to Once Upon a Bus, our DJ, dancing courtesy of Pauline Quirke Academy and our very creative face painters.

If you are inspired by the efforts of the Sunflower Walk and wish to make a difference, please consider making a regular gift to Thames Hospice from £7 per month. Your gift will help us provide outstanding and compassionate care for future generations. Please visit our donation page to set up your regular donation.

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