Join St Catherine's Hospice Midnight Walk this Christmas

St Catherine's Hospice Midnight Walk is one of the local charity's largest fundraising events raising vital funds to help terminally ill people across our community. After postponing the original Midnight Walk in June, the local hospice is thrilled to announce the Midnight Walk is back! 

Taking place on Saturday 12 December 2020 from 4pm, this is your chance to do something amazing and help end the year on a positive note! Sign up today and show local families facing terminal illness that they aren't alone. 

This year, the community can't all walk through Horsham together, so the Midnight Walk will be a bit different but no less special! 

St Catherine's is calling on people like you to get together with a small group of friends and family and walk your own 2, 7, 13 or 20 mile Midnight Walk. While you do, you'll know that other hospice supporters are doing the same thing at the same time. 

The local hospice will send you everything you need to take part and fundraise safely, and on the night St Catherine's staff will set you off walking in style, with a special Facebook Live pre-walk celebration including entertainment, inspiration and a virtual warm up.

After the year we've all had, we all deserve something to look forward to - St Catherine's Midnight Walk will be an unmissable, magical evening. 

And every step you take will be special because you'll be remembering the people you love and supporting your local hospice. 

St Catherine's knows that for people walking in memory of someone they love Christmas time can feel especially poignant. To help bring everyone together, and to collectively honour all those people we love and miss, this year, the hospice has set up a beautiful, virtual Memory Wall where walkers are encouraged to share a story, picture, or thought about someone they're walking for. 

2020 has been a challenging year, but this is your chance to make a difference when it's needed most.

By taking part, you'll make sure that this Christmas:

· St Catherine's friendly nurses can continue to make essential visits to people in their homes 

· People caring for someone they love can pick up the phone, day or night, to the hospice's expert team and get vital advice and reassurance 

· People staying at the hospice can continue to safely see their family over the festive season 

Because nobody should feel alone, especially at Christmas.

Not feeling alone is important for us all, but it's especially important for people, like Earl, living with a terminal illness. 

Earlier this year coronavirus meant Earl had to temporarily stop visiting St Catherine's Living Well Centre. He was disappointed and worried that he'd become isolated, but thanks to generous supporters, the hospice was able to set up a brand-new Telephone Buddy service. Now, every week, people like Earl receive a friendly phone call from a trained volunteer. 

Earl said, "The Telephone Buddy service has made such a difference to me. I'm classified as extremely vulnerable so I'm not able to go out and I only get the odd conversation with people. Speaking to my buddy, Graham, has been a lifeline. A lot of laughing goes on during our calls, and it's something for me to look forward to each week."

By taking part in the Midnight Walk you can make sure more people in your community have something to look forward to, and someone to laugh with, this Christmas. That's a priceless gift. 

St Catherine's really needs your support. Coronavirus has hit the local charity hard and this year there's a predicted drop in income of around £1.5 million. 

So, will you do something incredible this Christmas? Will you walk, along with your community, to remember the people you love and to support St Catherine's?

Sign up online at: www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk or call St Catherine's friendly team on 01293 447355 today to register over the phone


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