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.