A Walk to Remember – Pictures
Last Saturday, 17 June, around 150 people took part in A Walk to Remember, in aid of St Columba’s Hospice.
The event raised vital funds for the Hospice, which provides palliative care and support for people with terminal conditions across the capital and the Lothians.
This year’s event had three distances, with over 100 people taking on the half marathon distance from Balerno High School to the finish point at the Vine Trust Barge next to The Shore, Leith. The two shorter distances were from the Water of Leith Visitor Centre (7.5miles) and Stockbridge Library (3 miles), to the finish at The Shore.
A Walk to Remember took people on a journey through the heart of the city of Edinburgh along the Water of Leith walkway, alongside some of the capital’s best loved sites and hidden gems.
Before the event Stevie Burns, who is took part with his family in 2016, said: “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. Taking part in A Walk to Remember seemed like an obvious thing for us to do – a great way to raise funds for the Hospice while enjoying yourself at the same time. 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 people will have had reason to visit someone in St Columba’s Hospice, so it is no great secret what a deserving cause it is. 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 is a privilege to be able to give a little back through A Walk to Remember,” Stevie added.
Jon Heggie, director of fundraising at the Hospice, said: “We are so thankful to Stevie and his family, and all of the other amazing people who took part this year. A Walk to Remember is a fantastic day with a special purpose – to raise money for the Hospice and to remember those who have died in the Hospice’s care. The Hospice relies on the generosity of the local community to be able to provide its specialist palliative care and support to patients and families, and we are so grateful to everyone who did A Walk to Remember for their time and fundraising efforts.”