Solstice Walk – Cancelled

The current situation we find ourselves in as a country is unprecedented and we understand what a worrying and difficult time it is for everybody.

The health and wellbeing of all our patients, hospice visitors, volunteers, supporters and staff is our top priority and we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our services open for the people who need us most.

In light of Government advice and continued guidance, we have taken the necessary and upsetting step to cancel Solstice Walk 2020.

The Solstice Walk is our largest fundraising event of the year and brings together hundreds of people to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones in support of their local hospice.

We hope you can understand that we have no other choice but to cancel this event in the best interests of our participants and wider community. We know you were all keen to continue, however the decision has been made as the most responsible course of action as we have no guarantees that postponing the event to later in the year is going to be possible at this time – we are truly sorry.

We know and appreciate how hard some of you have worked to raise funds – and how disappointing it is for activities and events to be cancelled. As the donations we rely on to continue our work are being seriously affected, we really hope the people that have sponsored you will be happy for their donations to still come to the hospice, despite this cancellation, and you are still able to donate funds raised.

It is clear that staying active and connected is really important at this time and we hope that you continue your support through the many other activities we have in response to the current pandemic. Please see www.stgileshospice.com/events to find out more.

With large events like Solstice Walk and Cycle Spring being cancelled, we really have never needed you more than we need you today. We urge you to find another way to support us if you can and help our teams to keep delivering our essential service to our patients and their families.

Understandably the coronavirus is the focus of everyone’s attention, but we cannot forget that other people in our community are facing their own challenges and we must make sure that we are still here for them when they need us most. Thank you for your continued support.

To donate, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/katiesappeal

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Fundraising Team on 01543 432538.

To read our full hospice statement regarding COVID-19 and our services, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/coronavirus.

What do I do if I was already registered?

If you had a place in Solstice Walk 2020 we can offer 3 options:

  1. Every participant with a place in Solstice Walk 2020 will be able to transfer their place to Solstice Walk, Saturday 19th June 2021 without any further payment.
  2. If you choose not to participate next year, every ticket holder can still kindly donate their registration fee and any sponsorship raised to St Giles Hospice.
  3. Every participant who chooses not to take part in Solstice Walk 2021 (or is unable to do so) will be offered a refund of their 2020 entry fee or, if they are happy to, can kindly donate their registration fee to St Giles Hospice (see option 2).

You do not need to take any action at this stage and you will be contacted in the coming weeks by a member of our team to inform us on how you would like to proceed.

Many thanks for your continued understanding and support. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Thanks a million!

Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers who came out in their hundreds and made our 13th Solstice Walk in 2019 a night to remember.

Since Solstice Walk launched, our fantastic fundraising fairies have raised over £1 million to fund care and support for local people and their families living with a terminal illness.

If you still have sponsorship money to pay in, you can do it here.

Marshalls needed blob (small)

Want to help in 2021?

The route is supported by marshals to keep cheering you on and point you in the right direction.

We rely heavily on volunteers to do this and would love it if you could spread the word to your friends and family, to see if they can help!

For more information, email fundraising@stgileshospice.com or call 01543 432538.

We’re here for you… because you’re here for us

“We will be forever grateful to St Giles for what they gave to grandad.”

Laura Fitzgerald and “Team Dougie” took part in the 2019 Solstice Walk to thank St Giles Hospice for caring for her grandad, Doug Brown.

“From the moment my grandad arrived at St Giles, he was like a different person,” said Laura. “Every time we visited, he was always sat in his chair by the window, chatting and laughing with everyone who would come by and sharing memories of his life.

“We will be forever grateful to St Giles for what they gave to grandad. They allowed us to spend as much time as we could with him and helped make the time he had left so very special.”

She added: “The Solstice Walk is such a lovely experience. As you walk through the streets of Lichfield people come out of their homes to cheer you on. It’s just an amazing atmosphere.”

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