Thames Hospice supporters walked to remember their loved ones on Saturday 11 September 2021 in the charity’s annual Sunflower Walk.
This year, the in-memory walk took place remotely, with Hospice supporters choosing their own local walking route, covering a distance of 2.5k, 5k or 10k. Everyone who signed up to the walk was invited to the Hospice by Bray Lake to collect their medal and enjoy an afternoon of celebration and relaxation.
To date, the walk and event has raised an incredible £25,000 for Thames Hospice.
Alison Evans, Heads of Events and Community Fundraising, said: “It was a very memorable day for everyone involved. For many family and friends, it was emotional as they walked to remember a loved one. For us, it was so special to welcome many of our loyal supporters to the Hospice for the first time to pick up their well-deserved medals and enjoy some refreshments.
“This is our first big fundraising event in almost two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have really missed all our supporters, and it was great to see them again. We are so grateful for their continued support. Every penny raised from the Sunflower Walk will help us continue to provide compassionate care to local families who desperately need us.
“Thanks must also go to all our staff, volunteers and suppliers for helping everything run smoothly and for being part of an amazing event!”
In the stunning Hospice grounds, supporters were treated to delicious refreshments, live music from local band The Grafters, a barbeque supplied by The Langley and Iver Rotary Club, massages and Reiki from the Hospice’s complementary therapists, and lots of entertainment for children and adults alike, including stilt walking and magic from the Storyteller Bus and Richard Alan. Walkers were also able to take a moment to reflect and write a message for their loved ones on the special Sunflower Walk memory tree.
To view all future Thames Hospice fundraising events, such as the annual Santa Dash which is festive fun for everyone, please click here.