Are you ready to walk ‘n’ rock ... and raise funds for Strathcarron while you’re having a great time?
The walk part is either a 5k route around Helix Park itself or a 10k course that takes you right into the woodland and sculptures around the Helix.
The rock part is the party atmosphere that will be created by having bands playing on the great lawn to start and finish the event – and lots of surprises on the way.
It’s all happening on June 4 and it is a first for the hospice, which is celebrating its 35th birthday this year.
Over the years, millions of pounds have been raised for the charity, which has become a hugely important part of the community it serves.
In this special year, Strathcarron hopes that 2000 people will sign up to support the event and help it become their biggest fundraiser of the year.
It is replacing the Ladies’ Midnight Walk which took place in Stirling every year. But while that event was strictly for the girls, this is a walk for everyone, of all ages and abilities.
The flat path means that people pushing prams or on mobility scooters can also take part and younger fundraisers should cope with the challenge, so it can be a real family event.
The 5k route will go from the Great Lawn to the Kelpies and then down round the lagoon, while the 10k route will go through Abbotshaugh woodland, past the sundial and the Love and Kisses sculpture.
“There will be surprises along the way,” promises Strathcarron fundraiser Coleena Brodie.
The Great Lawn stage will also have live music, so once you’ve finished you can stay and enjoy the party atmosphere.
It is a sponsored walk and and many of those who are already signed up to take part will be walking in someone’s memory.
“We hope this event will be a way to celebrate life, love and memories,” said Coleena.
The hospice needs the event to be a great success because it is the biggest event in the fundraising calendar.
“Strathcarron needs £11,300 every single day to provide the care that we do, so it is really important for us that this event is a success,” said Coleena.
“At the end of the day, without the support of the community, we couldn’t do what we do. These events pay for day to day running of the hospice – not for nice wee extras. They help us provide care for those who really need it.
“But we know that if you come along, you’ll not just be helping us – you’ll also be having the time of your life. The atmosphere is going to be amazing!”
Volunteer Maureen McPherson will be walking and rocking with her four grandchildren for the charity that has become very close to her heart.
She said: “ I am walking to thank the Hospice for looking after my dad so well before he passed away – he loved coming here as both an in- patient and a day care patient, the staff were all amazing.
“I now work at Strathcarron as a volunteer in the fundraising department, and see first hand all the hard work that goes in to organising events such as Walk n Rock; my four grandchildren will be joining me in their first fundraising event, and we are all looking forward to it very much.”
The idea is that while people pay their entry fees and also raise funds, they will also have a great time.
One of the acts is Ryan Buist, who will be performing on the route. He said: “ I am really excited to be taking part in this amazing event, and feel proud as a young person to be helping this very special place – I have visited a few times to sing for the day care patients so know just how brilliant it is.
“I hope loads of my mates will come along on the night as well, not just to support the Hospice but also to support me as this will be my biggest audience yet!”
Other acts include Rockville, a rockabilly band who are always very supportive of Strathcarron and the Future Capital, who are re-forming especially for this one-off event.
Another volunteer, Margaret, always enjoys taking part in Strathcarron events. She said: “Strathcarron Hospice events are fun and allows me to create great memories to add onto my chapter of life whilst giving to a charity close to my heart.”
If you’re thinking about doing something for the hospice, sign up now, urges Coleena. Your support really will make a difference.
“Every penny we raise for the hospice makes a difference and helps us look after people”
To be part of Walk ‘n’ Rock, call the fundraising team on 01324 826222 or visit www.strathcarronhospice.net.