This year, the Twilight Walk is Back. With a Twist.
Here at ellenor, we’re ever-present for our community. We support patients with life-limiting conditions and their families as they live with the upheaval and uncertainty of progressive, profound illness. And help those who have lost loved ones with us to keep going and navigate one of the most challenging periods of their lives.
Since we first opened our doors in 1985, we’ve been here – a staple of the Dartford and Gravesend communities, with a presence throughout Kent and Bexley.
Everyone knows that we exist for our community. Less well-known, however, is that we also only exist because of our community. That, without their support – raising awareness of our cause and the crucial funds we require to provide our service – we simply wouldn’t be here.
It’s easy to think about charities as being funded by the government, or by a small group of wealthy benefactors. But actually, a huge portion of the money that keeps us going comes from our supporters in the community.
So what does this fundraising look like – and how can you get involved?
The first thing you need to know about fundraising is that it can take pretty much any form you want it to. You could run the London Marathon; host a quiz or cake sale; skydive; place a loose collection pot on the countertop of your small business.
The second? That no amount is ‘too little.’ Fundraising’s strength is in its numbers. Small amounts in and of themselves that, when combined, can make a big difference – and help us to keep doing the same.
Here’s where the Twilight Walk comes in.
If you haven’t heard of it before, you’ll most likely have seen it – throngs of orange-clad people snaking through the streets of Gravesend. Some will be in glowing head boppers, others decked out in vibrant glowing accessories. But at least half of these walkers all have one thing in common – they’re there to remember a lost loved one.
Every year, the Twilight Walk unites people from all walks of life to celebrate the lives of those who, sadly, are no longer with us.
It’s a night to remember, in all senses of the word – to treasure precious memories of people who have passed away, but to have fun, too. To enjoy the evening’s camaraderie and closeness; savour its spirit of solidarity and silliness.
As our flagship event, it’s an essential date in our fundraising calendar. As well as raising crucial funds (last year’s Twilight Walk generated an incredible £86,000), it always seems to be the event our supporters look forward to most.
So this year, we’re doubling down on it.
That’s right – in September 2022, and for the first time ever, we’re hosting two Twilight Walks.