With the first official day of Spring next week, now is the ideal time to sign-up to St Christopher’s Fun Walk on Saturday 11 May 2019 to fundraise for Lewisham’s local hospice, says a local child bereavement worker, Judy Debenham.
Ladywell resident Judy, has worked for St Christopher’s Candle Child Bereavement Service for 11 years. Judy explains why taking part in the Fun Walk is so important.
“By taking part in Fun Walk you are making sure that we can be here to support the children, young people and families where you live. Sometimes families refer themselves for help, but we also work closely with other agencies like local schools and social services. Candle works with any child who is bereaved and who needs support, however the death was caused.
By taking part in Fun Walk you are making sure that we can be here to support the children, young people and families where you live
“What we see is that good communication is absolutely crucial and our role is often to help children and families to talk through their feelings of loss and grief, which are completely natural but sometimes hard to express. We try and lessen the distress and help people find easier ways of living with the difficult situation that they are struggling with. Please sign-up to Fun Walk to ensure that we can be there for your friends and neighbours too.”
The Fun Walk starts and finishes at Keston Common and takes in some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside. The Common will be alive with fair-ground stalls, children’s games, live music and refreshments. Fancy dress is not compulsory but prizes are awarded for the best costumes and in the past The Simpson family, the Thunderbirds and characters from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party have all taken part in the spring-time ramble. Many walkers also walk in memory of someone close to them who has died, proudly wearing customised T-shirts and raising money for St Christopher’s.
There are four route options to suit different ages and abilities – from three, five, eight and eleven miles – and plenty of rest and refreshment points along every route.
To cover costs Fun Walk entry is £10, but children aged 12 and under can join in for free (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult or guardian). The start and finish of the event is at Keston Common, Keston, Kent, BR2 6BP.
For more information or to sign-up visit www.stchristophers.org.uk/funwalk