Richard Hames, Managing Director of M&DH Insurance Services Ltd with Hayley Webb, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. Image supplied by Sue Ryder

People in Bedfordshire are urged to put their best foot forward and join healthcare charity Sue Ryder for its Walk to Remember next month, to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.

Sue Ryder is hoping that hundreds of local people will lace up their trainers and take part in its Walk to Remember – Bedford 5k event on Sunday 10 October 2021.

The charities’s latest research found that over half of the British public (54%) think that remembrance events, such as its Walk to Remember, help them to grieve.

In Bedfordshire, Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger provides compassionate palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions and also supports their families.

The hospice is calling on local residents to get involved in its Walk to Remember – Bedford to remember loved ones and raise vital funds.

It will see supporters meet at Everards Meadow in Bedford and warm up with a fun Zumba session. This will be followed by a 5k walk along the beautiful Bedford Embankment and through Russell Park.

Walkers will be able to place a poignant dedication along the way in honour of those special to them.

The money raised by taking part in Walk to Remember – Bedford will go towards Sue Ryder’s vital palliative, neurological and bereavement support.

Ellie Burke, community fundraiser at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said:

“Walk to Remember – Bedford on Sunday 10th October promises to be an incredibly special event and we hope people will be able to join us. Not only will it allow supporters to raise vital funds, but it will be a chance to come together to celebrate, remember and talk about loved ones who are no longer with us.

“An enormous thank you to all the team at our sponsor, M&DH Insurance Services Ltd, for their incredible on-going support.

“The money raised through Walk to Remember – Bedford will enable our doctors, nurses and staff to continue to provide compassionate and expert care and help us fill someone’s last days with love.

“If you can’t make this date, you can organise your own Walk to Remember and do 5k, 10k or a distance of your choice on any day during October.

“Our research finds more than two thirds of the British public (71%) have a special place they visit to remember a loved one who has died. This could be the countryside, a local park, or a favourite pub or restaurant. Make it your own Walk to Remember by deciding your start and finish line and a route that means something to you.”

Sign up now for Walk to Remember – Bedford at www.sueryder.org/walkbedford.

You can contact the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice fundraising team with any queries by emailing stjohnsfundraising@sueryder.org or calling 01767 642424.

Sign up by midnight on 12 September 2021 to take advantage of the early bird ticket prices: adult £10, child (five to 16 years) £5. After that date, standard tickets will be: adult £12, child £7.

Children under five go free. Family tickets (two adults, two children) are £30, and a team of six ticket is £60.