Our third Lantern Walk took place on Saturday 30th June at the Rising Sun Country Park, with over 300 walkers turning out to remember their loved ones with us.
Our walkers took part in a 5K trail around the country park, carrying lanterns to light the way as the sun set. Our merchandise stall proved to be very popular, with walkers sporting flashing bunny ears, cowboy hats, visors, fairy wings and tutus!
Thanks to the efforts everyone taking part, we are delighted to announce that a massive £50,000 was raised from the event, through sponsorship and donations. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who walked or sponsored someone to take part!
We were blessed with beautiful weather on the night, which was hosted by Steve Colman from Smooth Radio and sponsored by McClure Solicitors. The atmosphere was celebratory rather than sombre, as everyone came together to share stories of the special people they were walking in memory of. After an energetic warm up by Jonathan from Pure Gym, our Assistant Chaplain Alan took to the stage to say a few words and lead a minute’s silence. And once the lanterns were lit, we were all ready to go, and set off to the sounds of ‘Local Hero.’
It was fantastic to see so many of our supporters come together, all walking together carrying their coloured lanterns. And it wasn’t just people who turned up to be a part of the event; many of our four-legged friends joined their humans, making it very much a family affair!
Theresa Crow from Walker, Newcastle walked with granddaughter Leanne and daughter Katja. She said:
It’s our first Lantern Walk. My Mam died in March this year and when I popped in to pay the funeral directors, a lovely lady told me all about the walk. I thought it sounded like a lovely way to remember someone and I knew a lot of my family would be up for it too.
We really enjoyed taking part. it’s upbeat but it’s a great way to remember someone as they wouldn’t want you to be sad all the time. It feels like I’m doing something that helps others at a difficult time, and it’s something that my mum would’ve been proud of me for and probably would have taken part in herself.
Special thanks go to our sponsors, McClure Solicitors and to Smooth Radio and Steve Colman, and to the wonderful volunteers who gave their time to marshal the event, sell merchandise and assist our walkers. But most of all, thank you, on behalf of our patients and families and staff and volunteers, to each and every person who came along and walked - we simply couldn’t have raised vital funds for our service without your continued support.
View our photo gallery from the evening: