St Christopher’s family bereavement services received an estimated £20,000 boost on Saturday night as hundreds of walkers turned out late into the night to participate in the hospice’s Moonlight Walk on Saturday 8 October.
The event began at 9pm with a warm-up to music by one of St Christopher’s gym team, and then walkers set-off eagerly on either a family-friendly 3.5 mile ‘Hospice Loop’ starting and finishing at the hospice in Sydenham, or a 4 mile route ending at Westow House Public House in Crystal Palace. The two routes encompassed all five boroughs where St Christopher’s provides expert end of life care.
The event was opened by actor and Beckenham resident Jay (Junade) Khan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Hollyoaks, and who teaches drama at local PopGems Academy. St Christopher’s Joint Chief Executive, Heather Richardson, also spoke before the event and explained just how the generous support of the local community keeps St Christopher’s bereavement work funded, and helps those who have lost a loved one get through very difficult times of grief.
Last year, 1,229 people accessed St Christopher’s adult bereavement services, while 296 families and 471 children were supported by specialist child bereavement project, Candle.
St Christopher’s Fundraiser, Leo Thon, comments “What a fabulous event! Thank you so much to all the walkers, marshals and volunteers who came to our Moonlight Walk. Through registrations and gate receipts alone we have raised over £4,000, so please chase up your sponsorships so that we can count the final amount raised to help local bereaved families.”