A hospice has revamped an annual memorial walk so it can go ahead while adhering to Covid-19 regulations.

St Clare Hospice, is inviting members of the local community to attend their second annual Walking in Memory event, which will take place at the hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday, September 20.

This year’s event will have additional coronavirus safety measures in place to ensure the fundraiser can go ahead safely. This includes having three staggered start times of 10am, 11am and 12noon with a maximum of 100 people at each time slot to allow social distancing.

Sarah Thompson, St Clare Hospice CEO, said: “Walking in Memory is a very special event for the whole family to take part in and is a thoughtful way to honour those who we love and miss by coming together with others who understand. This year, more than ever, we know our community needs an uplifting event like this and a special way to remember those we have lost – whether during the coronavirus outbreak or before. Many people have struggled with bereavement on their own whilst in isolation, and as the lockdown measures begin to lift, this is a special way to make up for that lost time and to grieve.”

Walking in Memory is St Clare’s flagship fundraising event of the year, and aims to bring together local people and families to take part in a 5k countryside walk to celebrate the lives of those who have died.

Starting from St Clare Hospice, the 5k route winds through the beautiful fields and footpaths of the local, Hastingwood countryside, courtesy of Paris Hall Farm.

Registration for Walking in Memory is now open via stclarehospice.org.uk/walkinginmemory

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