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27 September 2012
If Team GB’s stunning performance at London 2012 has left you feeling enthused and motivated then here’s your chance to take part in an Olympics-inspired night-time walk and run, in support of the Pilgrims Hospices – and literally light up the city of Canterbury.
Following the huge success of the first ever Light up the City event last year, people of all ages and generations are once again being invited to wear brightly coloured, neon or flashing costumes, bring their own torches and walk or run around the city centre on Saturday, 20 October, to raise money for the charity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Those taking part include staff at Canterbury-based law firm Furley Page, the main sponsor for this year’s event. The firm is focusing all of its fund-raising efforts on Pilgrims Hospices this year. A Furley Page team participated in the charity’s 45-mile cycle challenge in May and raised £3,185, and cash has also been raised at a ploughman’s lunch for staff.
Now Furley Page staff are limbering up to take part in the walk and run and are encouraging others to join them on the historic route, which takes in some of the ancient city’s landmarks.
Senior Partner at Furley Page, Peter Hawkes, said: “Events like this help communities to build a lasting Olympics legacy following a British performance that exceeded all expectation. We’re proud to support such an excellent cause as the Pilgrims Hospices throughout 2012, the charity’s 30th anniversary year, and to sponsor an event which pays tribute to our great sporting nation.”
The walk and run begin and end at Dane John Gardens, in Watling Street, Canterbury, and will pass the cathedral and new Marlowe Theatre before continuing along the pedestrianised shopping streets to the finish line.
There will be a warm-up with Olympic torch bearer Kelly Cullen and prize-giving by local Olympian and hockey legend Sean Kerly, a member of the gold-winning Great Britain squad at the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul.
Participants have two options, depending on fitness and preference – a 3km stroll, which starts at 5.30pm and costs £4; or a 5km jog, which begins at 7pm and costs £8 for adults, £4 for children. Registration on the night costs an additional £2 for the run, £1 for the walk.
Additional sponsorship is welcome and money and sponsor forms should be sent to the hospice supporter services at 56 London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8JA.
To register for the walk or run, visit www.pilgrimshospices.org or call 01227 782062.
Registration for the walk from 5pm; registration for the run from 6pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed child and adult on the stroll and the best-dressed individual and team for the run. There will be a medal-giving and photo shoot for first adult and first junior (under 16) to finish for the 5km run. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal. Refreshments will be available in Dane John Gardens, open until 8.30pm, and there will be water stations en route. Participants will be offered a complimentary leg and foot massage after completing their walk or run.
For Pilgrims Hospices, 2012 is a special year as it celebrates 30 years of caring for the people of east Kent. Today it provides palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured. Care is provided from sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients' homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise over £9 million each year. The majority of this comes from the local community, so fundraising is critical, while 80p in every pound raised goes directly on patient care.
Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury is the founding hospice and was opened in June 1982 by the Queen Mother. Refurbished in 2003, it has an in-patient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. The hospice, on London Road, stands within its own grounds featuring a Therapeutic Labyrinth Garden, set back from a building that houses administration, education facilities and a library.
In 2012, Pilgrims Hospice Thanet is celebrating its 20th anniversary having been opened in 1992. It has an inpatient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. It hosts the only palliative care accommodation in east Kent that is suitable for patients with dementia. Situated on the main Ramsgate to Margate road, the hospice stands within the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hospital.
Pilgrims Hospice Ashford opened its doors in 2001. It has an in-patient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. Situated on Hythe Road, near J10 of the M20, the hospice stands in four acres of land given over to formal gardens, featuring a fountain and wildlife garden.