Our popular Moonlight Walk returns on Saturday 15th June; the 15km route has been updated to take participants around some of the famous sights of Lancaster and Morecambe at night.   

This year, for the first time, the walk will include a trip up to Lancaster Castle, the stunning centuries old building will be lit up in St John’s Hospice green for the occasion. 

Hundreds of people have already signed up to ‘do something wonderful’ in memory of someone they love. We’re aiming high, looking for 1,000 participants to join the unique walk. Our last Moonlight Walk saw a participant come all the way from Bahrain to take part, and this year the message to do something wonderful for St John’s has spread all the way to Times Square in New York!   

Lily Knight, Events and Corporate Fundraiser, St John’s Hospice, said “The Moonlight Walk has always been one of our best-attended events which we’ve brought back due to popular demand! We’ve worked hard re-imagining the event, to welcome first-timers and still keep it exciting for the amazing people who have joined us before. 

“There’s an incredible atmosphere and sense of community at the Moonlight Walk, and we want to welcome everyone to come and walk in memory of someone they love, whether they received care at St John’s Hospice or not.  

“It’s also a really unique experience to share with friends! We’re so excited for everyone to see how we’ve updated the event.” 

St John’s Hospice provides palliative and end of life care for adults across North Lancashire, the South Lakes and parts of North Yorkshire. As well as the inpatient ward, our community teams care for patients in their own homes, and our bereavement team provide whole-family support. St John’s Hospice costs £12,000 a day to run, with around 25% of funding coming from the NHS, and the rest raised through incredible community support. 

David, whose wife Jean received St John’s Hospice care, wants to encourage people to sign up and fundraise for the Moonlight Walk. He said “St John’s know how important it is to celebrate life events. We wanted a family get-together for our 57th wedding anniversary – the thought of it rallied Jean. Our Hospice at Home nurse Diane arrived with a bottle of Prosecco and there were hugs all round. That night I said to Jean, “Night, night, I love you”, Jean said, “I love you too” and as always, I held her hand as she went to sleep. Jean never woke up again. 

“I’m still flabbergasted at the amount of work St John’s do. They’re on the hospice ward, they are in homes like mine and then there’s all the bereavement support, which is good; we need that help afterwards. I used to wonder why they were always fundraising, now I know why – so many different types of care and support that we all need, and it all needs paying for.” 

Individuals, friend groups and families have already signed up to the event, as well as teams from groups and workplaces. 

Joanne, a district nurse from Lancaster, said “In the district nursing team we really see just how important St John’s Hospice is, and how invaluable the care they provide is to this community. At work we are split into four separate teams across the district, spanning a large area. We’ve been thinking about trying to organise an in-person get together for a while now and thought the Moonlight Walk was the perfect opportunity to see each other and also raise money for this incredible local cause.” 

Tickets, more information about the event and details of more ways you can remember your loved one through the Moonlight Walk are available here!

Thank you to the Lancaster Guardian and The Westmorland Gazette for also sharing this story.

Do something wonderful in memory of someone you love

The Moonlight Walk is BACK for 2024! Join us on Saturday 15 June

This year’s walk will be bigger and better than ever, and everyone is invited to walk in memory of a loved one whilst supporting and celebrating your local hospice!

All phases revealed…

We’ve got so many exciting ideas in store that we’re revealing like the phases of the moon, and we’re so excited them with you!

Phase 1

We’ve given the classic Moonlight Walk route an update, this year we’re setting off from St John’s Hospice and heading up to Lancaster Castle before heading on to Morecambe prom, through to Bolton le Sands and back here to St John’s!

Lancaster and Morecambe will turn GREEN for one night only, representing all the local people who have been touched by St John’s Hospice care. Lancaster Castle will be looking splendent, illuminated in a glorious green glow! We have plans in store for an interactive experience for all participants to take part in at the castle, but we’re keeping that a secret for now…

Phase 2

Something familiar, something new – introducing new ways to honour your loved ones on this Moonlight Walk

You will be able to purchase one of our beautiful metal work Forget Me Nots, which you can display in our garden of remembrance here at St John’s before taking home with you. You might recognise the flowers from our 2022 displays at Lancaster Castle and Brockhole; especially for the Moonlight Walk, they have been reduced to £20 each

Introducing a completely new element to this year’s Walk – Memory Lane. For the first time, a section of the route along Morecambe Prom will be dedicated to remembering your loved ones. For £30, a photo of someone you love can be displayed on Memory Lane, reminding you who you are walking for and giving you that boost to keep going!

Anna’s story

Our poster boy for Memory Lane is Bill, whose daughter Anna has kindly shared her story with us:

“My dad Bill was Governor at Lancaster Castle from 1987 to 1990 and he loved it! Of all his postings he really enjoyed his time there – every time we see the castle coming over the bridge we always say ‘there’s King Billy’s castle’. When I saw the announcement that this year’s Moonlight Walk route would include the castle, and it would be lit up green, I felt like there was something spiritual going on there. Green had always been my dad’s favourite colour, and he had such a strong attachment to the castle.

Dad died in 2018, and even though he didn’t receive hospice care, he could have – any one of us could need it, and we’ve always supported St John’s. Whether it’s care you get at home, or in the hospice, what’s intrinsic is St John’s people-centred care for all the family. The Hospice gives our family comfort, and we take part in St John’s events to remember him, they’re such love-filled and gentle spaces to be able to do that.

Dad was funny and caring, he would always fall on his luck. He was the life and soul of everything and he would have loved to be launching  Memory Lane. My mum Marie isn’t going to be able to join us on the walk this year, but I can’t wait for her to see dad’s photo on the route.”

Phase 3

Prizes!

We are very excited to announce that we are bringing back our Moonlight Walk Fundraising Prize Draw for 2024! Generous local businesses have got involved and have donated some incredible prizes for you, as fundraisers, to be within a chance of winning!

Raise over £50 and you will be entered into a draw to win a Luxury Hamper

Raise over £100 and you will be entered into a draw to win Afternoon Tea for two at the Toll House Inn & a prize donated by Sue Shields Face & Body Spa

Raise over £250 and you will be entered into a draw to win Sparkling Afternoon Tea for two at Aspect Bar & Bistro and two float sessions for two people at Re:Set Mind Body Soul

Raise over £350 and you will be entered into a draw to win a Tapas and Cocktail Pitcher voucher at Cappuvino, Thermal Journey voucher at Tranquil Spa and a free bottle of fizz voucher at Brittlestar

It doesn’t end there – Jo & Cass Lancaster have donated one year’s FREE hairdressing to be awarded to our ‘Top Fundraiser’ – the person who raises the most amount of money! The prize can be redeemed at either the Jo & Cass Salon or The Men’s Room barbers!

Don’t forget the more you raise, the higher amount of prize draws you will be entered in to!

Phase 4

The Event Village!

This year we have some wonderful plans for our event village so make sure to join us from 8pm on Saturday 15th June to enjoy the whole magic of the evening!

The brilliant Beyond Radio with us on the night providing tunes to get you pumped up ahead of the walk, Jennifers Dancers will be putting on a wonderful performance to entertain the crowds and Chelsea from CW Fitness will be making sure you are warmed up ahead of pounding the pavements for the Hospice!

New for 2024!

Join us to fuel up before the walk with the tasty Three Guys Fish and Chips  

or something delicious from Diplos Sourdough Pizza 

Get hydrated with lovely Lay-By Lattes  

The team from our medal sponsor, Vogue by Laura Jane Norman, will be there on the night to plait hair

and we have a wonderful glitter artist Stef as well , to add that extra sparkle on the special night!  

  

Already signed up?

Now is the perfect time to kick start your fundraising! This element of the event truly ensures we can continue to support our local community and make it a real success for the Hospice. Set up a page on our dedicated Just Giving Campaign or print off a traditional sponsorship form to reach people who aren’t as tech savvy.

One of our supporters, Carole has raised over £1,000 already which has just blown us away! Here’s what Carole has to say about taking part in the Moonlight Walk

“I decided to do the Moonlight walk for St John’s in memory of two members of my family. My husband, who was a keen walker, died in an accident seven years ago and my younger son died suddenly, when in hospital, just over a year ago. He had run fundraising marathons after losing friends, so walking seemed an appropriate way of remembering both of them. I am completely overwhelmed by the response I have received. In the 4 days since launching my Just Giving page, over £1000 has been donated to St John’s.” 

More ways to get involved –

Join the Facebook event

Mark yourself as ‘attending’ the Moonlight Walk on Facebook to join in the conversation! Especially as we get nearer to the event we’ll be sharing lots in here, and supporting you through your fundraising!

Become a marshal

We need marshals along the route of the Moonlight Walk to keep everyone going and to make sure everyone stays safe. If you’re interested in marshalling, please fill in this form (no commitment at this stage) and we’ll be in touch!

Marshal application form

Which role(s) would you be happy to take on?(Required)

All the phases are now revealed, but we might just have a few surprises for you still!

Photo of Michelle and Irene

“I’m a straightforward person. Yes, I have cancer and I’ve decided not to let it define me. I don’t want to sit in a corner, I want to get on with my life and I still am – it’s just different. People see me for what I am: still smiling and still happy.

I feel lucky as I have Sandy from St John’s Hospice to help me. I met Sandy in February after I was diagnosed with cancer. I wasn’t sure when I heard the ‘hospice’ word as I thought of it as a building where people go to die. I now see St John’s as an amazing place that helps people, and I’m looking forward to going to the Courtyard Café for lunch soon!

To me the Hospice is home because Sandy comes to me at home. I never knew the Hospice came out to see people at home and it’s great that they do – I couldn’t do without St John’s now. Sandy works with other people involved in my care like the GP and it’s so helpful. If I have a problem, say with medication, I just call her and she sorts it, she doesn’t let me down. Sandy has also helped me get ready for the future by supporting me with my advanced care planning so my wishes will be listened to, in fact she’s helped Mum and Dad too.

Sandy encourages me to be myself, to still socialise, which is great as I love to get out. My friend Irene and I put a bit of bling on and go out for lunch together. It’s nice to get dressed up once a week and feel a bit glamorous and special!”

We caught up with Irene who told us, “Michelle is an exceptional woman. I’ve known her for over 30 years and she’s loyal, caring and helpful. When I had my brain injury Michelle was here for me. We’ve been through a lot and its scary sometimes but Michelle is a determined woman facing her illness head on. When we lunch out together we talk nonsense and have a good laugh because positivity and good thoughts are positive healers. We’re ignoring the ‘red lights’ and letting the sun shine on us. Knowing St John’s is there for Michelle means she’s not alone. That means so much for Michelle, me and her family.

Meet Vic and Pat who are firm fans of Day Therapies, including Complementary Therapy. 

Vic has a life limiting lung condition and his St John’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jill, was supporting Vic and his wife Pat at home. She encouraged Vic to come to St John’s for help from the popular FAB programme to manage his Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness.  

Jill also noticed that Vic was struggling to relax, so arranged for the St John’s Complementary Therapist to visit him at home to provide treatment. Although complementary therapy was new to Vic, he soon became aware of the significant benefits it can bring and told us more, 

“When Hannah, one of the St John’s Complementary Therapists visited me at home I was unsure if such a therapy would make any difference, now I know it does and look forward to it! I now have massages at St John’s Hospice. The massage eases the stress and tension that the illness brings. After therapy I feel calmer, relaxed and less anxious. It means I can have a ‘good day’ and actually ‘feel good’, physically and mentally for a time. To be able to switch off from the real world for an hour feels like a treat. The complementary therapy goes hand in hand with the support I have had from the Hospice’s FAB group and Positive Living Group. The support I get puts things into perspective and has given me tips on the relatively simple things I can do to make a positive difference.  

“My wife Pat has also had a few sessions of complementary therapy here at St John’s too, which I am really grateful for. Some people underestimate the role of a family carer, until it happens to you. Pat has to care for me 24/7, deal with all my problems and keep on top of everything – it’s like every day there’s something new to learn. For Pat to have a complete hour to herself and focus on herself instead of my illness is important for both of us.   

“Thanks to Hannah and her complementary therapy I can be ‘me’ for an hour and so can Pat.  It means a lot because I don’t want to be ‘a medical illness’ all the time – I want to be myself. Thank you Hannah, Pat and I think you’re a wonder!” 

St John’s Hospice is investing in an expanded Income Generation team to ensure that the needs of our patients and families continue to be met into 2024 and beyond.
We are inviting applications now for these essential roles that support the outstanding palliative and end of life care that St John’s Hospice provides at the Hospice and out across the communities we serve:

Head of Fundraising & Innovation

Lead, motivate and empower our fundraising team, and build new levels of confidence and ambition. We want to innovate, test and learn, and use that learning to move forward. 

Community Fundraiser (Kendal and South Lakes)

We are looking for a confident communicator who will identify and generate new income sources, as well as encouraging and guiding our amazing supporters with their events.

Income Generation Coordinators

Are you an enthusiastic, conscientious individual, with a strong administrative background? Take on a fresh challenge, and use your organisational and people skills to really make a difference.

Meet Ursula who visited the inpatient ward recently.
Ursula from Windermere is 91, a mum, a grandma and a great grandma! She has also been ‘mum’ to several Yorkie dogs over the years. Ursula recently visited St John’s for pain management and kindly shared her experiences with us.
“I have a tumour which was causing constant pain so it was suggested that I came to St John’s for help. I hadn’t been to St John’s Hospice before, so my first thought was, “Why would I go to a Hospice when I’m not dying?”
“When I got here it was such an eye-opener. It’s nothing like a hospital and it’s unbelievable. The minute you come through the hospice doors and meet the reception team you feel the love everywhere. The nurses and doctors are like a gift, sent to help you and to sort everything out – they just give so much. It doesn’t stop there; the housekeeping staff keep everywhere spotless and the hospitality staff bring your food when you feel it’s the right time to eat. The food is wonderful, especially the chicken soup! Food is important to me as when I came here I really didn’t want to eat because of the pain but now I’m eating more and the fact it’s all homemade is wonderful. If I can’t eat something, then the kitchen team will make a little something else for me it’s like staying in The Ritz!
“Everyone here understands that it’s the little things that make a difference: a chat, a treat, a soak in the bath or peaceful time to read a book. They’re one special team working together to make everything just right for patients.
“They’ve also been so kind to my visitors, guests such as my nieces have been made to feel very welcome and even their visiting dogs were allowed in too. It’s been lovely to stay here, and even though I’m looking forward to going back home I have loved every minute of it.
“This is a very special charity – thank you for supporting St John’s Hospice so that it’s here to help people like me.”

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Would you like to be a Trustee for a well-known and respected local charity?
We are looking for three people with a passion for retail and expertise in areas such as e.g. retail marketing & promotions, retail operations or retail property to be part of our Shops Board. This is an exciting time to join us as we renew our focus on sustainability, slow fashion and the shopping experience.
The three Trustees will join an established team to support the work of this charity which lives by its values of care and compassion. Around a third of our income is from the local NHS, the remaining two-thirds is from our incredible community and our high street shops.
Whether you are an experienced Trustee or looking to take your first step at Board level, we’d love to hear from you.
Hospice Trustees are volunteers but, in return you will receive:
💚 Induction, training and site visits
💚 Reimbursable expenses
💚 Support to develop new skills
💚 Support to make a strategic difference
💚 Opportunities to share fresh and innovative thinking
💚 The satisfaction of contributing to palliative and end of life care in your local community
The expected time commitment for induction training and meetings, will be 4-8 evenings per year, at St John’s Hospice
For an informal chat about a Trustee role with the retail board, and to get an application pack, simply email: [email protected]
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