A team of dedicated Ward Staff including Nursing Assistants, Healthcare Assistants and an Occupational Therapist from the Inpatient unit at Heart of Kent Hospice have started fundraising for one of the Hospice’s flag ship events ‘Moonlit Memories Walk’ which takes place on 23 September 2023.
Pam Martin, Michaela Share, Leah Bishop, Debi Golding, Chloe Hazelwood and Sara Henderson have named their fundraising page ‘Shining Bright’ and all work alongside their clinical colleagues on the Heart of Kent Hospice ward.
The Ward Staff provide support to people and families who've been affected by a terminal illness and live in Maidstone and the surrounding area.
Michaela Share said “We wanted to walk alongside all our incredible Hospice supporters to show how much their support means to us.
“We also wanted to highlight the care our wonderful Hospice provides to patients and their families every day of the year.
Everybody receiving care at the Hospice is treated as an individual, whether it's physical, mental or emotional support they need from the team. We want to continue supporting people to stay as independent as possible, for as long as possible and to help create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.”
The ward staff have already started fundraising for the event and are hoping to raise £1,000 towards their own fundraising target for the event. To help the team raise money visit their fundraising page here.
The fun starts at 6.30pm on Saturday 23 September 2023. Included with tickets this year will be a special flashing wrist band which will be given out to all participants when they arrive for the walk. To make the event as sustainable as possible the reusable wrist band is handed back after the event.
The ‘Moonlit Memories Walk’ is one of Heart of Kent Hospice’s flag ship events and raises much needed funds to provide compassionate end-of-life care and support for patients and their families at the Hospice or at home across Maidstone and surrounding areas.
This popular fundraiser brings together family and friends for a fun, unique and truly unforgettable experience. The 8-mile circular route is on flat ground and includes a walk through a ‘magical lantern lit field’.
From 6:30pm everyone can enjoy the pre-event entertainment and activities at Capel Morris Centre including music, face painting, and all the fun warm-up exercises to get everyone limbered up and ready to go when the walk starts at 7:30pm. The circular route will pass through Aylesford, Larkfield and Leybourne before stopping at the refreshment station in West Malling.
After completing the walk everyone will receive a special edition Moonlit Memories Walk 2023 medal.
Come in fancy dress for the chance to win a prize. There are prizes for the best dressed individual and the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw if you raise over £100.
There will be trained marshals along the route and there is no rush to complete the walk, which will take between two to three hours. The walk will start and end at Capel Morris Centre.
All ages are welcome to take part, whether you have a link with the Hospice or not. There will also be an opportunity to leave a message of remembrance for loved ones at the Hospice memory wall, or online via the Hospice virtual wall.
Dogs are allowed to come too, but they must be kept on their lead.
There will be a friendly welcome at the West Malling refreshment station which will be serving cakes and cold drinks. Refreshments will also be available to celebrate your return to Heart of Kent Hospice.
Tickets purchased in advance:
Adult over 16 - £22
Children under 16* - £12
Tickets purchased on the day:
Adult over 16 - £25
Children under 16* - £15
All participants will receive a free wrist band on arrival to wear at the event. The wrist band will be handed back after the walk.
*please note all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
For anyone who is not able to take part in this year’s event but would still like to fundraise for Heart of Kent Hospice, we have introduced a new virtual event.