This year would have been the 12th year of Southern Area Hospice’s much anticipated Midnight Memory Walk but sadly due to Covid-19 restrictions SAHS are regrettably unable to hold the event as the local community are traditionally used to. However, you are all invited to join them on their first ever Virtual Midnight Memory Walk to remember those who are special to you. On Saturday 3 October 2020 we are asking members of the community do their own memory walk at a time and distance of their own choice, kindly sponsored once again by our friends at Kelly’s, Warrenpoint. 

 For the past 12 years the Midnight Memory Walk has always been a special evening for the local community and for us all at Hospice. Last year alone, this night raised over £22,000 and we depend on this event each year to raise much-needed funds to continue providing care for our patients and their families. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold the event as we normally would, though more than ever we really need the money it would have raised. We know things are different this year which means we cannot all come together in one place but we are determined with your help, to make Saturday 3rd October a special day and night where our supporters and friends will come together virtually, and take their own walks down memory lane.

 Fundraising Officers Amy and Lizzie said, “Anyone can take part, wherever you live. We are especially thrilled to be able to still offer this special event to our loyal supporters, many of whom take part year after year. Our ability to raise the funds we need to provide our essential care is being tested more than ever before due to our 2020 planned fundraising events being postponed or cancelled. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact us all and disrupt the normal flow of everyday lives, our doors at Hospice have remained open and our staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure our patients and their families can make the most of every single day. The money raised from our Midnight Memory Walk through sponsorship is vital for ensuring the Southern Area Hospice can keep caring for those who need our services the most, so we encourage as many people as possible to lace up and take a walk down memory lane for their local Hospice.”

Gary Kelly of Kelly’s, Warrenpoint who continue to support this event for the 6th year said, “We are proud to be the main sponsor for this amazing event. I don’t think there is any family which has not been touched by Cancer or terminal illness, including my own family. Even though Covid-19 may be restricting how this event takes place, the hospice is still providing a vitally important care service which needs to be supported through raising funds from this event.”

 Registration is now open and we encourage you to sign up by visiting WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM or alternatively you can contact the Fundraising Office on (028) 3026 7711. The registration is only £5.00 per person and free for children under 14. This year we are asking everyone to raise a further minimum of £20 (discounts apply to groups and children). We encourage you all to raise as much as you can by sharing your challenge with your friends and family, and our fundraising team will be at hand to help you with every step. Once registered you will receive a walker’s pack with everything you need to know about your virtual walk. A special addition to this year’s pack is your very own candle bag which you can personalize with the name of your loved one and place on your doorstep to guide you home from your walk. 

 We really hope you will be able to join us, we may not all be able to walk together this year, but we can still make every step count. So please join us and take a walk down memory lane this October and support your local hospice

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