Aa walk of memories
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 August 2015
Celebrate the life of someone you love and raise vital funds by taking part in the Marie Curie Walk to Remember this August, suggests Rachel Buller.
Get together with friends and family, laugh and smile at memories of loved ones and raise money to help others with a twilight walk through the beautiful Sandringham Estate this month.
The Marie Curie 10km Walk to Remember encourages people throughout the UK to raise both funds and awareness of the charity’s work. It helps thousands of people living with a terminal illness, providing vital emotional and practical support to ensure the best possible end of life care.
There are 17 Walk to Remember events happening throughout the country and everyone taking part has a special reason for doing so. Walkers swap stories about those they love and reminisce about their lives while sharing experiences and giving support to one another. Before the walk starts, everyone is invited to write a personal message on a memory lantern, and at the end, each one is lit in celebration.
Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals around the UK. From the point of diagnosis, the charity helps people plan ahead and supports them as they make the most of the time they have together. As well as providing emotional support, the Marie Curie nurses also give advice about managing symptoms and pain and ensuring there is a plan in place for any future care needs. It also provides day-to-day care and practical advice for both the patient and their families, such as accessing financial help and on legal matters, as well as bereavement support for loved ones.
Paul Fleet, community fundraiser for Marie Curie in Norfolk, says the walk is a very happy, positive event which helps ensure the charity can continue to provide such essential services in end of life care.
“Walk to Remember is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family, and think of loved ones that have passed away, while taking in some of the country’s beautiful scenery. By signing up for Walk to Remember in Sandringham and reaching the fundraising target, you’ll be helping Marie Curie provide expert care, guidance and support to help people living with a terminal illness get the most from their time.”
He says those wishing to walk need to raise a minimum of £100, which pays for five hours of care from Marie Curie. After the walk, everyone can enjoy an evening of celebrations as the sun goes down, including fireworks, live music, food and a bar, and entrants and their families can bring their own picnics to enjoy. The charity is also looking for volunteers to help on the day to fill roles including marshalling, car park attendants, registration and giving out water.
The Marie Curie Walk to Remember at Sandringham is on Saturday, August 15, at 6pm. Registration is £10 per person, children under-16 go free. ◆
To volunteer, contact Paul on 07798 638092 or firstname.lastname@example.org; to register, call 0845 0524184 or see www.mariecurie.org.uk/walktoremember