Charity’s first Walk of Light is a great success

Over 400 men, women and children covered over 3,000 miles around Aylesbury last Saturday to raise funds for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in their new summer event, Walk of Light.

The walk took place through the green and open spaces around Watermead, Meadowcroft and Berryfields throughout the afternoon and evening, and ended with some poignant words from the Hospice’s Chaplain, Pete Griffiths and a display of ‘Lights of Love’, covered with dedication messages to loved ones and thanks to the Hospice team against the backdrop of Watermead Lake.

“We are so thrilled that so many Walkers braved the heat to support us this weekend,” says Lee Lloyd, Head of Fundraising.  “There was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day, and reading with dedication messages on the Lights of Love really reminds us what the purpose of the Walk is – to raise funds to support dedicated and specialist hospice care so our nurses can be there for more patients and their families across Buckinghamshire and its borders.”

Paula Miller walked in memory of her husband Jed, who was cared for by the Hospice’s community team last year.

“I would like thank you everyone who helped organise, volunteered and took part. My family and I were so grateful for the care and support of the Hospice at Home team last year when my dear husband Jed needed palliative care. Everything about the evening was amazing.”

“We are so grateful to everyone who helped us make this event possible, to our sponsors, ASM Recycling, Aston Commercial Cleaning and Slenderpane and to our amazing team of volunteers, who kept our Walkers safe and motivated throughout the day.” said Jo Turner, the charity’s CEO. “We can’t wait to return next year, and see the event grow and grow in the future.”

The Walk has already raised over £35,000 for the charity, with sponsorship money continuing to come in.  You can still donate online at

About Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is committed to providing comprehensive and high-quality care for patients with life-limiting illnesses across Buckinghamshire and its borders wherever and whenever they need it. We support their loved ones and carers through the toughest of times. We help families make the most of every day together.

We partner with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to deliver services through Florence Nightingale Hospice, at its site in the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and in patients’ homes across the region.

These services include additional nurses for the In-Patient Unit, the only bedded unit in Buckinghamshire, to enable them to deliver dedicated, individual care to patients and loved ones. Also within the Hospice building we commission the Lymphoedema Clinic and Day Hospice service which offers physical, therapeutic and emotional support to people who have been diagnosed with a live-limiting illness, but who are currently able to live independently at home.

In the community we support a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Florrie’s Childrens’ Team, Bereavement Listeners and our FNH@Home team, who support those who wish to spend their final days at home.

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