Walkers, nature lovers and hospice supporters are being invited to join the St Richard’s Hospice Waterways Walk for an eleventh year – with a very 2020 take on the annual event.
Rather than take part on a single day, walkers can choose an 11 or 22-mile route on any day in September or October.
Kelly Johns, hospice fundraiser, said: “Our Waterways Walk is a hugely popular event, and has raised a significant amount towards the free care we provide to people across Worcestershire, so we were keen to find a way for it to go ahead while observing social distancing rules. Holding the event across September and October means our supporters can still enjoy a wonderful walk locally for our care – just not all at once!”
“In the new format, registration is free and walkers can choose one of two routes, a date and time to take part to suit them, and we’ll provide directions and a map. We also ask that people gain as much as they can in sponsorship to ensure we can continue to be there for patients and their loved ones when they need us most. With most of our events cancelled over the summer, and our shops having been closed for months during lockdown, it’s a really challenging time for charities like us.”
The 11-mile walk is a one-way route starting at Droitwich Spa Rugby Club and finishing at The Anchor at Diglis. Due to construction works on the towpath between Sixways and Tibberton this year, the 22-mile walk is a return route which sees walkers turn around at The Anchor and head back to their starting point at Droitwich Rugby Club.
To take part in Waterways Walk during September or October, register for free at: https://www.strichards.org.uk/event/waterways-walk-2020/. The hospice is asking participants to raise £50 or more, if they can, so it can continue to be there for local people when they’re most in need.
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.
Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,400 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.