Families and businesses are being asked to put their best foot forward and take part in a walk across Morecambe Bay to raise funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
The Morecambe Bay Walk 2019 will be led by the Queen’s new official Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, and this year’s event looks set to be the biggest and best yet.
The walk takes place on Saturday, August 10th. Setting off promptly at 1:30pm from the picturesque village of Arnside, this eight-mile walk to Kents Bank Station takes between three and four hours. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House, said: “This will be our 24th year of running this iconic fundraising event and this year we have almost doubled the number of spaces available for walkers.
“The Morecambe Bay Walk is always one of the most popular events in our fundraising calendar, and I think that’s because it appeals to the whole family, with children and well-behaved dogs on leads welcome to join in.
“It’s a sponsored walk like no other; people should be prepared to get wet as we’ll be wading through water as we cross the River Kent and on soft wet sand for the majority of the route. As well as being a fab day out, walkers will also be raising money for a wonderful cause, supporting the children and young people at Derian House.”
This year’s walk has the added benefit of coinciding with the Blackpool Air Show, so walkers could be treated to front row seats when some of the world’s finest military and civilian aircraft perform fantastic feats of aerial entertainment whilst they are crossing the sands.
Derian House Children’s Hospice currently supports more than 350 families who have a child with a life threatening illness, and a further 245 who are receiving bereavement support.
As well as end-of-life care, Derian aims to bring love and laughter to our young people and their families, giving them a chance to make precious memories together.
It costs almost £4million per year to keep the doors open at Derian House, but less than 10 per cent of this comes from government funding. For the remainder, we rely on the generosity of our supporters.
Places cost £15 per adult and £8 per child (16 and under), including a Derian House baseball cap to wear on the day as well as the booking fee that the Guide Over Sands Trust has introduced for each person this year.
All sponsorship money raised will make such a difference to the children and young people who are cared for at Derian House, and their families.
To book your place visit www.derianhouse.co.u/morecambe-bay-walk or call the Fundraising Team on 01257 271271. Please note, walkers cannot show up on the day without having booked.