Rowans Hospice celebrating 10th anniversary of moonlit memories

Walkers taking part in the first event in 2010
Walkers taking part in the first event in 2010
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IT HAS raised nearly £1.8m for charity and seen thousands of people walk around the dockyard at night.

Now The Rowans Hospice is to celebrate 10 years of its Moonlit Memories Walk.

Any help we receive from businesses enables the hospice to continue to provide essential care

Eliza Dunn

Nearly 10,000 people have taken part in the walk along Southsea and Old Portsmouth since its launch, completing either the 12-mile or six-mile routes.

For this year’s event the hospice, in Purbrook, has changed the longer route option to 10 miles for the anniversary.

It is now looking for companies in the area to sponsor the walk so more money can be raised.

Corporate fundraiser Eliza Dunn said: ‘We are extremely grateful for all the corporate support we receive; including gifts in kind, volunteering and sponsorship.

‘Any help we receive from businesses enables the hospice to continue to provide essential care for people affected by life-limiting illnesses in Portsmouth and south east Hampshire.

‘By sponsoring the Moonlit Memories Walk, you will not only be giving people the opportunity to take part in a special event to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones, but also your fundraising will directly benefit others who need the services.’

The Moonlit Memories Walk, which is on June 10, will see hundreds of people walk along Southsea seafront, through the dockyard past HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum, towards the Spinnaker Tower.

During the walk, people can also stop at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral to light a candle and have a time of reflection before completing the run.

Beginning at 10pm, the walk gives participants the chance to remember loved ones who have been treated by the Rowans.

Companies and organisations can get involved by entering teams of walkers, or providing marshals to help direct the walkers and give them cheers of encouragement around the course.

A corporate partnership can be beneficial to both parties as sponsoring a mile of the walk will provide promotional opportunities to hundreds of people.

For more information about corporate partnership opportunities, call Eliza (023) 9223 8532 or email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk.

People wanting to take part can register from March 1 at rowanshospice.co.uk.