Regulars to return for memory walk
9:40am Thursday 26th July 2012 in News
Children’s Hospice South West’s special Moonlight Memory Walk is returning to Falmouth for a fourth year.
The atmospheric evening event is taking place on Saturday, September 15, and will see hundreds of ladies joining together to celebrate precious memories with every step.
Teresa Hale, 41, from Camborne has taken part in all three previous Moonlight Memory Walks with her mum and couldn’t wait to sign up to this year’s event.
She said: “I lost my gran four years ago and so mum and I decided to take part in the first ever Moonlight Memory Walk in her memory. We had such a great time that we have been coming back every year since.
“There is such a lovely atmosphere, and the memory ceremony before the walk is very emotional. Mum and I find it hard to look at each other as we take the time to remember gran.
“Tragically in November last year I lost my brother-in-law at the young age of forty-six, so this year we’ll be walking in memory of Ian and gran and putting both their photos on our candle bags.
“My thirteen year old daughter Lauren is too young to take part but gets involved every year by decorating the candle bags.
“The walk itself is thoroughly enjoyable, and something we can manage. We try to beat our time every year, but it always takes us an hour and a half.
“We are looking forward to taking part in the Moonlight Memory Walk again this year and raising sponsorship for Children’s Hospice South West. It is such a nice feeling helping such a good cause.”
Since the Moonlight Memory Walk in Falmouth began hundreds of women have raised over £150,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
Creating memories for the families of life-limited children is a big part of what CHSW do at Little Harbour in St Austell and their two other children’s hospices in the region.
These ‘home from homes’ offer respite, short breaks, palliative, emergency, end of life and bereavement support for families, often for many years. The money raised at the Moonlight Memory Walk will help keep these vital services going.
Emma Lloyd, Children’s Hospice South West Head of Fundraising (West), said: “A lot of the ladies taking part describe this extra special girls’ night out as uplifting and inspiring, and this is so much so that many, like Teresa and her mum, come back year after year.
“We begin at the Moor where we host the memory ceremony with music and hundreds of glowing candle bags full of memories as the centrepiece.
“As the clock strikes 10pm, we’ll set off on our moonlit walk taking in the sea-front, Pendennis Point and the town centre. Why not join us and be part of something really wonderful?”
Be part of this extra special girls’ night out, celebrate the lives of loved ones and help raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West! Register for the Moonlight Memory Walk Falmouth online now at www.chsw.org.uk/memorywalks or call 01726 871800