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An ‘Enchanting Walk’ to Remember Loved Ones Returns to Birmingham this Autumn  

Warm hearted individuals are being invited to take a walk, in memory of their loved ones this October, at a special autumnal, evening stroll organised by a local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

The ‘Enchanted Mid-Autumn Walk’ will see local people come together to follow a scenic 10k route across South Birmingham in memory of their loved ones.

Taking place at dusk, participants will be guided along the route by a cast of mystical magicians, dazzling fire breathers and impressive aerial acts, creating a truly enchanting experience.

The route covers the leafy suburbs of Bournville and Weoley Hill and will include a stop at the Hospice in Selly Park. Whilst there, participants can take a breather and warm up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. They will also be invited to light a candle in honour of their loved ones – a chance to remember and celebrate their memories.

At the finish line, walkers will be rewarded with a commemorative medal and more enchanting entertainment, they’ll also get the chance to let their memories sparkle with all participants receiving a hand held sparkler to mark the end of the event.

The event was originally due to take place this summer but sadly had to be postponed along with all other Hospice fundraising events. Organisers are hopeful that the local community will join together to support Birmingham St Mary’s first event after lockdown and enjoy the exciting autumnal tweaks and treats to take full advantage of the season.

All funds raised from the event will go to Birmingham St Mary’s, which provides vital care and support to local people who are living with life-limiting illness.

The Hospice, based in Selly Park has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 with all events postponed and charity shops forced to close their doors, whilst their doctors, nurses and frontline staff have been working harder than ever to continue caring for patients and families through the challenges of COVID-19.

Laura Nash, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s said, “We were so disappointed to postpone our Enchanted Midsummer Walk this year despite knowing how necessary it was to do so. This walk is a tradition for so many people who come year on year to remember and celebrate their loved ones. There’s always a really upbeat and positive atmosphere and it’s just fantastic to see everyone come together and do something special for the Hospice.

I’m so pleased we’ve managed to organise a new autumn date and despite the challenges of postponing, we have really enjoyed being able to give the event an autumnal twist that offers something slightly different to our supporters whilst still maintaining the incredible magical atmosphere we’re so proud of.”

Last year, the Enchanted Midsummer Walk welcomed over 400 walkers raising £23,000 for the Hospice. Laura added, “This year, it will cost £9 million to fund our vital services, 64 per cent of which must be raised through voluntary donations. That’s why sponsorship raised at events like the Enchanted Mid-Autumn Walk is so vital as it enables us to continue to support local people living with life-limiting illness.”

Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice cares for and supports 500 people across Birmingham and Sandwell. Its expert staff provide care in people’s homes, in the community, and at the Hospice itself.

The Enchanted Midsummer Walk takes place on Saturday 17th October from 4.30 – 9.30pm. Tickets booked in advance start from £16.00 per person or £14.50 per person when booked as a group of five or more. To find out more or to book your place, visit: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/enchanted