Have a go at Dr Kershaws' newly-launched ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ this June

Date published: 23 April 2021

As Government restrictions start to lift, Dr Kershaw’s are inviting the community to take on a solo walk or to join their friends and family by signing up to their ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ this June to raise much-needed funds for the Hospice.

With the pandemic putting a stop to events for over a year, the popular physical event - the Hospice to Hospice Walk - has had to be put on hold.

However, the Hospice has been inundated with requests from supporters asking for ways in which they can recreate the fun atmosphere from Dr Kershaw’s annual sponsored walk whilst also raising funds.

Sponsored by Jackson and Jackson Ltd, who were responsible for building the Hospice's new In-Patient Unit, the Hospice’s brand new, family friendly ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ with the slogan ‘Your Walk, Your Day, Your Way’ will give those who sign up the opportunity to take on a walk of their chosen distance, on their chosen day and their own route.

Taking place throughout the month of June, walkers will be able to take part with a route of 5km or more if they want to challenge themselves, with all ages being encouraged to join in, even four legged friends!

Dr Kershaw’s Community Fundraiser, Lillie Winterbottom, said: “With so many requests from supporters asking us for a new way to get up, get out, get together and get fundraising, and with restrictions gradually easing over the coming months we thought now would be the ideal opportunity to launch the Dr Kershaw’s Hospice 'Virtual Hospice Walk'.

"Between June 1 - 30 you can celebrate being together again with family and friends or simply set yourself a solo challenge that will make a difference for the patients in our care.”

Registration for the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ is just £8 per person, with walkers receiving their own fundraising pack including a sponsor form, a T-shirt, temporary tattoo, bespoke walker number and a post walk virtual medal to say that ‘I walked the Virtual Hospice Walk for Dr Kershaw’s.

Lillie added: “Every Virtual Hospice Walker will be able to get out and about in the fresh air on their own sponsored walk whilst raising funds that will help to provide compassionate, dignified care for our patients at a time when they are most vulnerable and need help the most.

"We’re really excited to be able to give our supporters this opportunity and can’t wait to see the streets and parks full of Dr Kershaw’s T-shirts and Dr Kershaw’s Smiles!

"For everyone who does sign up we can’t thank you enough for your support for your local Hospice - it means so much to our patients and their families.”

For more information on Dr Kershaw’s ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ or to sign up, please visit: www.drkh.org.uk/hospice-walk or call 0161 624 9984.

Please note if you registered for the 2020 Hospice to Hospice Walk and transferred your registration fee to 2021, your entry to Dr Kershaw’s ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ is free of charge.

Please select the appropriate option on the online registration form.

For those who do sign up please remember to adhere to the latest Government Guidelines in June on how many people / households can be together at that time.

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