St Margaret’s Hospice Care is on the search for local people to join them for a special walk through the stunning Somerset countryside this September.
Whether you’re a keen walker or want to do a fun activity with the whole family, St Margaret’s Hospice is asking people from across Somerset to get their walking boots on while asking their friends and family to sponsor them.
Participants can complete up to 12 laps of Longrun Meadow in Taunton between from 3pm to 6.30pm on September 25.
Every person who takes part will receive a dedication bib which they can decorate any way they wish or dedicate in memory of a loved-one.
St Margaret’s Sunflower Stroll will be a hopeful, thoughtful event which will be reflective of the Somerset community. The hospice decided to call the walk the Sunflower Stroll as Sunflowers are not only the visual representation of St Margaret’s, but they are a sign of hope and light.
Take part in the St Margaret's Hospice Sunflower Stroll
To reflect the natural beauty of the area, the hospice will be making the walk and incentives as environmentally friendly as possible as well as signposting participants to the interesting features of Longrun Meadow.
The walk is part of St Margaret’s ‘time to care’ campaign which encourages people to donate to the hospice so they can continue to care for patients who are facing a life-limiting illness and their families.
The campaign, waslaunched earlier this year and centres around Caroline, a mother of two who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer last year.
Following her diagnosis, Caroline was cared for by staff at St Margaret’s Hospice both in the community and in the hospice’s In-patient unit. Caroline, her husband Gary and her children, Sophie and Tom, also benefitted from other services the hospice offers including complementary therapies and the hospice’s 24-hour Adviceline.
Sadly, Caroline passed away in July, but she was kind enough to share her story with the hospice before she died. Caroline’s family are continuing to receive support from St Margaret’s Family Support Service and the Bereavement Team.
Registration for the Sunflower Stroll costs £12 for an adult ticket, £8 for a child or £35 for a family of 2 adults, 2 children. Sponsorship raised will go towards supporting St Margaret’s nurses, therapists, and doctors care for patients like Caroline and her family.
The hospice would like to extend a special thank you to the Friends of Longrun Meadow for sharing this wonderful space with them.
For more information or to register for the Sunflower Stroll click here.
To read Caroline’s story click here.