Join #Teamellenor for one of the most iconic events on the sporting calendar.
A continuing and overwhelming level of public support for ellenor’s annual Twilight Walk has led the hospice charity to launch a second 10km fundraising walk this year.
The walk, which began 13 years ago in Gravesend, has gone from strength to strength, raising a staggering £86,000 last year. The electric atmosphere with a crowd of over 1,000 supporters strong, has always made the event a firm favourite with ellenor supporters. It is expected the original walk will be as popular as ever this year, and now there is also the chance to take part in the NEW Dartford Twilight Walk.
Not only will you have one of the most amazing evenings of your life, but your support can help to change the lives of those living with life limiting conditions.
Far from being just a walk, Twilight Walk has always been a celebration of generosity and community spirit bringing people together - all dressed in orange T-shirts, with poignant remembrance messages on their backs. They will walk in solidarity to raise money for their local hospice and to remember loved ones or just to show support for those impacted by death, dying and bereavement in our communities.
Supporter engagement officer Melissa Rosenqvist said: “It’s easy for families and friends to join in, and they don’t have to do a skydive or run a marathon. It can be good for people in two ways – it’s a fun night to remember but it is also a way to share memories of people they have lost and to pay tribute to them. It’s always been ellenor’s way of painting Gravesend orange – and now we’ll be able to do the same to Dartford.”
ellenor provides hospice care for adults and children living in North Kent and Bexley. Services include an inpatient ward, a Living Well programme and care at home. Clinical nursing support is offered to children in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley, often in their own family homes.
For ellenor supporters like Katie Ferris and her family, the new Dartford event will make the September challenge even easier as she lives virtually opposite the start point. She is planning to do the walk in memory of her husband Paul’s grandmother, who died in ellenor’s hospice.
She said: “There’s always such a lovely atmosphere at the Twilight Walk - it’s something for everyone. It’s a chance to talk to others openly about the people they have loved and lost and their reasons for being there.
“I have done the Gravesend walk twice. The first time I had lost eight stone and did the walk on my own, which was very emotional for me and a real personal challenge after losing all that weight. I started with my friends from Slimming World, but I wanted to up the pace, so I ran on ahead. All the family were cheering me on. I also had a spiritual moment when I felt I couldn’t carry on. My grandmother seemed to be telling me I could do it – and I did!