AN estimated £20,000 was raised from the Children’s Hospice South West’s 10th anniversary Moonlight Memory Walk that was held in Falmouth at the weekend.
Some 300 people took part in the event, which this year, to celebrate its anniversary was moved to a spring date and was also opened up to men as well as women.
Also this time people could get involved with the event virtually. Some completed their five mile walk in their own time and then watched the event through a Facebook live broadcast on the night. Others did their five miles on the night locally and some further afield with one group walking in London while raising funds for CHSW.
The evening started with the 300 walkers gathering on the Moor in the centre of Falmouth all donning their purple T-shirts and various fancy-dress accessories including beautiful lights, colourful tutus and wigs. A memory ceremony provided walkers with time to reflect on the lives of those they were remembering on the night.
Participants heard from Eddie Farwell, co-Founder and CEO of CHSW who reflected on the first Moonlight Memory Walk in Falmouth, which was organised as a fundraiser during the Precious Lives Appeal to build Little Harbour children’s hospice which is now fully operational.
Bereaved mum Rebecca Hele spoke inspirationally about her family’s journey with CHSW when their baby Jack died and the support they still receive from the charity.
Readings were given by CHSW staff and friends during the ceremony and walkers were also treated to a musical performance by Jamie Hewett. As the clock struck 10pm the 300 strong group of walkers started their five mile walk guided by the moon and stars.
Event Fundraiser and organiser of the Moonlight Memory Walk Kiley Pearce is grateful to everyone who pulled together to make the event the success that it was.
“On behalf of all of the children and families that we support at our Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell I would like to thank everyone who took part in our special 10th anniversary Moonlight Memory Walk.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to the 80 volunteers who gave up their Saturday night to help with the event and to keep everyone safe and ensure a great night was had all around.”
Money raised in sponsorship by those who took part in the walk will go towards the care and support provided at Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell which was described by bereaved mum Becky Hele as the difference between a parent coping and not coping.
Little Harbour is currently supporting more than 130 children with life limiting conditions and their families. The hospice gives short breaks and respite with specialist care as well as other activities such as music therapy, physiotherapy and emotional support for siblings. The hospice also provides end of life care and bereavement support.