Category Archives: Hospices

Rise and Shine for Sunrise Walk

This year’s Sunrise Walk takes place in London on Sunday 3 June and is set to see more walkers than ever raising funds for Shooting Star Chase, which provides children’s hospice care for families across West London and Surrey.

Sunrise Walk PosterNow in its sixth year, the Sunrise Walk has so far attracted over 1,400 walkers who have raised more than £250,000. By taking part in the Sunrise Walk 2018, walkers can help Shooting Star Chase reach its target of £90,000, so the charity can continue providing a lifeline for parents, siblings and other family members who are coping with the devastating loss of a child.

A challenge with a difference, the Sunrise Walk takes participants through the picturesque surroundings of Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace – and the difference? It all begins at 4.30am! Giving participants a chance to see the beautiful sights as the sun rises.

This year, as well as the main 20km route, there is a brand new 10km route, giving everyone from family, friends (and even dogs!) a chance to enjoy the sights at their leisure. The fun doesn’t end when the walk does, as after the walk there will be a celebration breakfast picnic for participants to recharge and refuel.

The funds raised at the Sunrise Walk will help Shooting Star Chase continue to support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

To find out more about the Sunrise Walk and how you can sign up click here.

Support Severn Hospice with a Forget Me Not flower this Christmas

Severn HoSevern Hospice Forget Me Not Christmasspice is selling Forget Me Not flowers to help raise funds this Christmas.

The bespoke flowers, which have been crafted by Oswestry based British Ironworks Centre, are shaped from iron and glazed with beautiful forget me not blue, before being mounted on a slim but sturdy iron pole.

Each flower measures 17cm in diameter and 43cm in length and is packaged in a beautiful presentation box. The flowers can be purchased online and are available for delivery or collection, as well as being available in all Severn Hospice shops.

Severn Hospice Legacy and In Memoriam Advisor Elodie Home said: “Our Forget Me Not flowers will make a perfect gift this Christmas and are a fantastic way to support our hospice at this special time of year.

“Our Forget Me Not flowers have already raised an incredible £80,000 for our hospice and the sale of just one flower funds two hours of nursing care for one of our patients. We need to raise £7 million each year to fund our care and by giving a Forget Me Not flower this Christmas you will be helping us to support the families that need us in Shropshire and Mid Wales.”

Severn Hospice gives specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire and Mid Wales who are living with an incurable illness. Since 1989, it has given free care and support to more than 27,000 patients and their loved ones during their time of greatest need. They now help more than 2,800 local people every year.

Severn Hospice Forget Me Not flowers, priced £25 each, are available to purchase in all Severn Hospice shops and at both hospice sites in Telford and Shrewsbury. Alternatively, flowers can be purchased via the charity’s website at

Scaling new heights with fundraising challenge

Abseil towerOn Sunday 1st March, Severn Hospice will be hosting a 100ft abseil from the top of the monument at Hawkstone Park Follies in Shropshire.

Those looking to kick start the year with an exhilarating challenge will have to climb 150 steps to get to the top before abseiling down the side of the popular tourist attraction.

Sarah Maythorne, fundraising events manager at Severn Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer our wonderful supporters such a fantastic challenge for the new year. Hawkstone Follies is such a beautiful setting for our first fundraising event of 2015.

“We would like to thank Hawkstone Park for allowing us to use their grounds free of charge so more of the money we raise through sponsorship will help support the loving care we provide across Shropshire and Mid Wales.”

Registration for the abseil is £10 and each person taking part will be asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible. The event is open to everyone over the age of 16 and anyone under the age of 18 must get permission from a responsible adult who will accompany them on the day. Given the nature of the event, weight restrictions also apply.

For more information or to register on-line please click here. Alternatively please call the Severn Hospice appeals team on 01952 221351.