North London Hospice’s biggest annual fundraiser Big Fun Walk was cancelled due to the pandemic, but 820 people refused to be beaten & made the walk their own on 12 & 13 September – raising more than £60,000 to support patient care.
Hospice supporters took up the My Big Fun Walk challenge to walk 8.5 miles in their community – instead of the usual East Finchley to Westminster route. They donned our green t-shirts and walked in memory of loved ones that have been cared for by NLH and to support end-of-life patient care in their community.
My Big Fun Walk took place before the Rule of 6 restrictions came in to force and saw hundreds of people – from under 5s to over 80s – step out with friends and family throughout Haringey, Enfield & Barnet to complete a route equal to that of the annual Big Fun Walk. Their fundraising efforts have made a big contribution towards the running of services that provide care to over 3,600 terminally ill people and their families each year.
North London Hospice Director of Fundraising Robin Langrishesaid: “With our spring and summer fundraising events programme cancelled this year and our shops closed for months, it’s been a huge challenge to continue to provide income for the hospice. So, we are delighted that so many supporters decided to walk for us at the weekend. They’ve exceeded our expectations with their fundraising efforts and we are so grateful for their continued support at a time which we know is financially challenging for many people.”
It was an incredible effort by our supporters to get out and walk for North London Hospice in 2020 but we’re all looking forward to resuming our normal event, when we can all walk together in 2021. Here’s a look back at 2019 to remind ourselves of the special event Big Fun Walk has become in the North London calendar.