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East Cheshire Hospice has been forced to postpone its Memory Miles walk yet again because of the Covid crisis.
The new date is Friday, March 25, 2022, at Adlington Hall – almost three years after the Hospice last staged its flagship memory walk.
The August 27 event has been postponed reluctantly, amid on-going uncertainty over the easing of lockdown restrictions.
The absence of mass participation events is a major financial blow to the Hospice.
The next event is a Drive-in Cinema on Sunday, October 17, at Capesthorne Hall, where the charity’s last fundraising event, a Tough Woofer dog walk, took place two years ago.
Organisers are hoping it will be a case of fifth time lucky for the Memory Walk which was cancelled twice in 2020 (April and September) and twice in 2021 (May and August).
Events Manager Beth Candy said: “We’re very sad to keep having to cancel these events, but when we do eventually stage our next one and all get back together again it’s going to be bigger and better and more amazing than ever before.
“The memory walk is extra special to us because it’s a celebration of lost loved ones. It’s an event we get most sponsorship from because of its very nature.”
Walkers enjoying the memory walk two years ago.
The Hospice had delayed accepting registrations until the government made its most recent announcement to put back the final easing of lockdown restrictions.
Beth said: “People would have had mixed emotions about us launching an event in the current circumstances with restrictions in place, even though we’d probably have been out of those restrictions by the time the walk came round.
“But we want to make sure there aren’t going to be any restrictions and don’t have to cap the numbers taking part. Unfortunately, there was the potential for that to be the case.
“We want to be confident we can do it and want everyone to be confident they can attend.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone coming together again in March and want to thank everyone for their loyalty, patience and understanding.”
The Memory Walk, formerly Light Up The Night, was to have been the climax to a Memory Miles event in which fundraisers undertake their own challenge by whatever means they wish.
The last memory walk in 2019.Back to all news