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Themed Weeks

Did you know that each of the 11 weeks of the Elmer trail has a theme? We’ve chosen themes which we feel connects the trail to St Oswald’s Hospice and allows us to celebrate all the things that make the hospice and the north east so ele-fantastic. Each week, you’ll see stories in the local press, on our website and across social media that will bring the trail to life. We will shine a spotlight on everything from our Elmer artists and creative talent in the region and celebrating our local heroes and history to the importance of health, wellbeing and spending quality time together.

We always want to hear your stories, so please let us know if you have a special reason for taking part in Elmer’s Great North Parade or what the hospice means to you and your family.

Inclusivity and diversity

Wednesday 21st Aug to Sunday 25th Aug

Kick off the trail with Elmer’s ethos! Elmer promotes diversity, acceptance and celebrating our differences.

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Family Fun

Monday 26th Aug to Sunday 1st Sep

The start of the school year is coming - spend quality time with your family, friends and loved ones during the last week of the school holidays.

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Health and Wellbeing

Monday 2nd Sep to Sunday 8th Sep

This week sees health and wellbeing take centre stage across the region, with lots of ways to tie in Elmer and the trail.

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Arts, Music and Culture

Monday 9th Sep to Sunday 15th Sep

Shining the spotlight on Elmer artists and our region’s rich arts, music and cultural scene.

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Local heroes and history

Monday 16th Sep to Sunday 22nd Sep

Who are your heroes and why? We’ll be shouting about who rocks our world, from north east legends to our own hospice heroes.

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Science, technology, environ..

Monday 23rd Sep to Sunday 29th Sep

Elmer’s books often focus on the environment and sustainability as a theme, and it’s something most of us are conscious about both at work and home.

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Community spirit

Monday 30th Sep to Sunday 6th Oct

This week will link to the five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be active, Give, Keep learning, Take notice and highlight how we can all look after ourselves and others in our local communities.

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Hospice Care Week

Monday 7th Oct to Sunday 13th Oct

Sharing is caring and we encourage our staff, volunteers, patients and families to open up, talk and support one another. Hospice Care Week is our chance to bust myths and share stories.

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Monday 14th Oct to Sunday 20th Oct

What is your legacy? What is Elmer’s Great North Parade’s legacy for the North East? How can we work together to make a difference now and in the future?

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