Picture this: a crisp October evening; a slight breeze rustles the autumn leaves and the sun has just set over St Albans, revealing a full moon in its place. Outside Westminster Lodge, an army of neon-dressed soldiers gather, because whether in memory of loved ones or for those who are still fighting, they will walk for a night to remember. Rennie Grove Hospice Care invites you to be a part of its newest fundraiser, The Moonlight Walk, on Saturday October 15.
Formerly known as The Midnight Walk, this autumn favourite will be making a revamped return as The Moonlight Walk, conveniently enough taking place on the night of a full moon. You could even be in bed before midnight! The night will begin at Westminster Lodge, St Albans where a Clubbercise® warm up will take place, complete with glow sticks – an essential piece of kit for a night time charity walk. Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing said: “It’s great to see the local community pulling together to support this event.”
There are several local companies supporting The Moonlight Walk, offering gifts in kind, prizes, warm ups and volunteers to help make the event a success. Everyone Active (Westminster Lodge) is helping to host the event, Helen Kirkby World Rhythms is overseeing the warm-up, the King William pub is providing a water station and toilet stop, Tate Recruitment is sponsoring a photo booth, Rachel Jeffery Jewellery is sponsoring the numbers that participants will wear, and Aubrey Park Hotel is sponsoring the medals, which glow in the dark!
Once the warm up is complete, the 10 mile walk will begin at 7:30pm, taking walkers past St Albans’ Community Fire Station for a water stop complete with a photo booth and Firefighters…in their uniform. Once the excitement of that has calmed, walkers will go on to the beautifully lit Grove House, where they will have the opportunity to purchase a memory lock to place on a fence in memory of a loved one. Gillian continued: “It’s a great way for people going through similar situations to come together and support each other on this night. You can also write a dedication on the memory locks which is a lovely way of remembering a loved one.”
The Moonlight Walk costs just £15 to enter and includes a t-shirt and medal. There is no minimum sponsorship for the event, but people are encouraged to raise at least £50. Just £50 in sponsorship could pay for two hours of specialist nursing care in a patient's home. Registration for this event is now open at: www.renniegrove.org/moonlightwalk