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Our annual event, A Walk to Remember, is a fun family day out which raises money for the Hospice!


The A Walk to Remember event sees lots of families and groups of friends walking through the heart of Edinburgh, from our start point at Balerno High School, to our end point at The Shore, Leith.

This year, A Walk to Remember takes place on Saturday 17 June 2017.

A Walk to Remember – the route

You can chose from three distances for A Walk to Remember:

  • The Big Yin – 12.5 miles from Balerno to Leith
  • The Wee Yin – 7 miles from the Water of Leith Visitor Centre to Leith
  • The Stroller – 3 miles from Stockbridge Library to Leith

The walk follows the Water of Leith and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the sunshine (hopefully) and the peaceful surroundings of the water. The event raises vital money for the Hospice, helping us to provide care and support for patients and their families.

On this picturesque route through the heart of Edinburgh you’ll take in some of the city’s best-loved sites including Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, and Leith.

On the day you will receive your event t-shirt, route map, and refreshments to keep your energy up along the walk. We will also have some entertaining puzzles and games for children to complete along the route to keep them entertained.

We will have tea, coffee and cake at the finish line in Leith waiting for you – well deserved after your walk! For our four-legged friends, there will be dog bowls and snacks to keep those tails wagging!

As 2017 is our 40th anniversary year, we want to get more people than ever before to take part in A Walk To Remember – so please join us and bring all of your friends and family!

You can view a short video from last year’s event here.


Register now for A Walk to Remember

Registration costs £15 per adult (16+) and £10 per child. Children under 5 are free and dogs on leads are welcome too. You’ll receive a fundraising kit, a t-shirt, refreshments and a medal. We ask that each adult aims to raise at least £50 and each child at least £25 for this event.

Register your family or team online now by clicking here. Registering online is quick, easy and secure. You can also email us or call the fundraising team on 0131 551 1381.

 


Stevie Burns took part in A Walk to Remember in 2016, he shares his experience…

My father Hughie was resident in the Hospice for the last two months of his life, he passed away on 17 May 2016. On our first visit it was immediately obvious what a fantastic facility St Columba’s Hospice is, and we were pretty blown away by the place. However, it was also clear that it must take a substantial amount of money to sustain the level of care provided and we felt we had to do something to help. Our Granny Burns had died at the Hospice back in 1978 so there was already a connection with, and affection for, the Hospice but that feeling increased considerably while we visited Dad there.

While Dad was still at the Hospice, it was my sister Sarah who first mooted the idea of taking part in A Walk to Remember. It seemed an obvious thing to do – a great way to raise funds for the Hospice while enjoying yourself at the same time. And, of course, we had the incentive of knowing we would be going to the pub for a hot meal and a drink at the other end!

All the family took part

A Walk to Remember

The Burns Family on A Walk to Remember

My wife Maria, son Patrick, and my sister Sarah all took part in the event, as well as Sarah’s friends Clare and Laura. In addition, my Uncle Mike and Auntie Lesley helped out as stewards on the route as it approached the final stages in Leith. My brother Tony would have been with us too, but he was away for the weekend and therefore unable to take part. I was particularly proud of Patrick, who at 12 years old did really well to complete the whole course; he was determined to do it for his granddad, with whom he had a very special and unique relationship.

Being part of a team was great – we kept each other going when any of us started to flag, and had a good laugh! There was also a camaraderie amongst all the participants, regardless of whether you knew each other or not, as we were all working towards the same purpose. Everyone seemed in high spirits, and of course it is a beautiful (if challenging!) route to walk.

By the end of the walk we were knackered – and thirsty! – but with a real sense of achievement. There were a lot of tired but happy people in and around Leith Docks that day!

“It is no great secret what a deserving cause it is”

The support from family, friends and colleagues – both emotional and financial – was tremendous. There aren’t many people out there who haven’t been touched by cancer in some shape or form and, locally, many of those will have had reason to visit someone in St Columba’s Hospice, so it is no great secret what a deserving cause it is.

I don’t think our family feel we could ever repay the Hospice for the way Dad was looked after (and indeed how we as relatives were treated) during his final difficult months. Dad had been visiting his good friend Gordon at the Hospice in early 2015 and said at the time that, if he was ever in that position, he would hope that this would be the place he would end his days.

Sadly, those sentiments were to prove prophetic all too soon thereafter. But the staff and volunteers are special people and do all they can to make a distressing and emotional time as bearable as possible. St Columba’s Hospice is simply a wonderful place, and it was a privilege to be able to give a little back through A Walk to Remember.


Register now for A Walk to Remember

Registration costs £15 per adult (16+) and £10 per child. Children under 5 are free and dogs on leads are welcome too. You’ll receive a fundraising kit, a t-shirt, refreshments and a medal. We ask that each adult aims to raise at least £50 and each child at least £25 for this event.

Register your family or team online now by clicking here. Registering online is quick, easy and secure. You can also email us or call the fundraising team on 0131 551 1381.

You can view a short video from last year’s event here.