Could you complete a Sunrise Walk for Saint Catherine’s during September?

by Nicky

Saint Catherine’s has launched its annual Sunrise Walk – but in a different format to ensure the safety of everyone taking part.

The popular event, which last year attracted around 400 people, is usually held on a set date during September and features a 6.5-mile walk around the North and South bays in Scarborough.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing safety guidelines, it is not possible to hold a group event this year.

Instead, Saint Catherine’s is inviting supporters to do their own Sunrise Walk, with family or friends, at a location of their choice, on any day during the month of September. Participants can set their own distance – and can even jog, run, cycle or swim if they prefer.

Susan Stephenson, communications and marketing manager, said: “We might be walking apart this year, but we are still united together with the aim of supporting patient care at Saint Catherine’s. We have continued to look after patients and their loved ones throughout the pandemic and our supporters have continued to help us, in many different and creative ways.

“The Sunrise Walk is our biggest and best-loved annual event, and we hope that despite the challenges we have all faced this year and continue to face, we can come together in spirit and share our sunrise stories, photos and videos. We can’t wait to hear from participants about their Sunrise Walk plans!”

All the information about how to take part is below, plus contact details should you have any questions.

How to take part in the Sunrise Walk 2020

  • If you would like to take part, please register online at www.saintcatherines.org.uk/event/sunrise-walk-2020/
  • If you are unable to register online, please call (01723) 378406 or email fundraising@saintcatherines.org.uk to let us know you are taking part.
  • There is no sign-up fee, but participants can make a donation when registering for an amount of their choice. There is also the option to request a fundraising pack and sponsor forms if you would like to raise sponsorship. People are also welcome to set up their own, personal online fundraising page.
  • Before your walk, if you would like us to share your story on social media, please send a photo and information about your plans to general@saintcatherines.org.uk with the subject line ‘Sunrise Walk’, or message us on Facebook.
  • During your walk, we are encouraging participants to wear something purple for Saint Catherine’s. Fancy dress is also encouraged! We would love to see your photos, videos and comments from your walk – if you are happy to share these, please email them to general@saintcatherines.org.uk or message us on Facebook.
  • Everyone taking part is asked to ensure they follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing.
  • If you have raised funds for Saint Catherine’s by taking part, please get in touch afterwards with your total by calling (01723) 378406 or emailing fundraising@saintcatherines.org.uk

How your support will help make a big difference

By supporting the Sunrise Walk, you will be helping to ensure that patients and their loved ones can receive the most outstanding care – at the time when they need it the most.

For example:

  • £20 could pay for an in-patient’s meals and refreshments for one day.
  • £50 could pay for a member of the Hospice at Home team to visit a patient in their own home.
  • £500 could pay for one In-Patient Unit bed for one day.

To run all of Saint Catherine’s services it costs around £6 million a year, with only a third of the funding available from the NHS. The charity relies on the generosity of the community to ensure it can raise the remainder – around £11,000 a day – and continue to provide much-needed care.

Here is some of the wonderful feedback we have received during the COVID-19 pandemic:

‘I promised mum that I would be there with her when she takes her last breath, and I’m so grateful that I was allowed to be there at the end, bearing in mind the current situation. Every single member of staff at Saint Catherine’s have been absolutely wonderful, not just with mum, but with us as well. They were often at the door asking if they can get us anything and they were there to support us all the way. I watched them as they looked after her, they turned her in her bed, washed her, changed her nightie, brushed her hair. They were so gentle with her. They were absolutely amazing, and it was very touching to see. Angels do walk amongst us after all.’

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