Alison Moore from North London Hospice invites people to join in the charity’s big fundraising event of the year
May is National Walking Month, so why not put your boots on and start practising to take part in My Big Fun Walk?
Sarah Bernarde is one of more than 450 people who have signed up already to take part in our biggest fundraiser of the year. She said: “My Big Fun Walk is a great way to give something back to the North London Hospice, which has helped me so much in the four years since my father died in their care.”
For the second year running we are asking people to make the event their own, walking roughly eight-and-a-half miles in their local community while raising money for end-of-life patient care. More than 800 people took part in 2020, raising £85,000, and we’re hoping to top those figures in 2021!
Throughout the pandemic, North London Hospice has continued to provide its end-of-life care and support to more than 3,000 people and their families in Enfield, Barnet and Haringey, but as a charity we rely on our communities to fund most of our work. With our fundraising events programme cancelled over the last 13 months, our shops closed and individual supporters finding their fundraisers postponed, the last year has certainly been a challenge.
We’re hoping our supporters will join us in force this year for My Big Fun Walk and help us raise the much-needed funds to continue our vital work. Participants can choose a route that takes in favourite landmarks, walk in memory of loved ones, and complete it in one day or over the weekend. How and where you take part is entirely up to you! If you prefer, you can walk one of our pre-planned routes in your local community.
We’re also inviting local schools and businesses to take part across a week that they choose in June. Schools can dedicate their ‘daily mile’ for a week to the hospice and local businesses can ask staff to walk to work, walk in their lunch-break, or even install a treadmill in the office for the week! It’s a great way to fundraise and get fit at the same time.