FALMOUTH'S Moonlight Memory Walk in aid of Children's Hospice South West will be going online this year.

CHSW’s 11th annual Moonlight Memory Walk was due to take place in Falmouth in March and would have seen hundreds of people completing the five-mile sponsored walk around the town in memory of loved ones.

The event was postponed to September 26, however, with social distancing restrictions continuing, the charity has decided to use the opportunity to adapt the event and open it up to people across the south west and beyond.

The charity is inviting people to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one and raise vital funds through its new Memories by Moonlight event, which will include some elements of the annual Moonlight Memory Walk but with the flexibility for people to be involved however they wish.

Instead of being held on The Moor, a Memories by Moonlight ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook from CHSW’s Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell at 9pm on Saturday, September 26, giving people the opportunity to light a candle and join together virtually for a special evening of reflection.

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The poignant and uplifting ceremony will feature readings from all three of the charity’s children’s hospices – Little Harbour, Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Bridge House near Barnstaple. It will also include music, poems and a two-minute applause to celebrate loved ones whose names will appear on the screen.

Kiley Pearce, events fundraiser for CHSW, said: “We are obviously sad not to be able to bring the Moonlight Memory Walk to Falmouth this year as it is such a special evening, however we are delighted to have this alternative option.

“We hope our new Memories by Moonlight event will give people a lovely way to support the work we do while remembering their loved ones.”

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Everyone who registers to take part in the event, which is being sponsored by National Friendly, will get the chance to join the virtual memory ceremony.

People can then choose to simply donate in memory of their loved one, or complete a walk or activity that reminds them of their loved one at a time and location that suits them and ask friends and family to make a donation towards this.

Participants will receive a beautiful memory pack in the post, which will include a candle bag to decorate, memory box to personalise, along with a tea light to light on the evening and a booklet to accompany the memory ceremony.

Kiley added: “We look forward to connecting with everyone joining us for the memory ceremony on the evening of September 26, which we are sure will be a very special night.”

To register to join the Memories by Moonlight ceremony simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/moonlight

Registration is just £10 and a memory pack, along with details of how to access the Memory Ceremony, will be sent in the post.

For more information about the event, you can also call the CHSW Fundraising Team on 01726 871800.