The 1st of June marks the start of our Virtual Sunrise Walk month where you can see the sunrise your way and help us raise money for the families we support.

With walks very much a solace for us all over the past year, and as we take another step towards more normality, a group of our fundraising team came together recently to kick start the month and complete their own Sunrise Walk.

Team Shooting Star decided to start and end their 10km walk at Shooting Star House, our Hampton hospice, and echo parts of our usual Richmond Sunrise Walk route through Bushy Park.

With Sunrise Walk t-shirts donned, coffees quaffed and lanterns at the ready the team set off around 4.45am to experience the calm the morning had to offer.

Despite the weather being a little cloudy, the rain forecast appeared to hold off as the team made their way through the park and were greeted by lots of the resident deer as well as picturesque views of the park.

For some, it was a lovely opportunity to catch up with one another in person, as well as acting as a perfect chance to look back and reflect, remembering and celebrating those close to us.

Although our June walks are virtual, meaning our memory tree isn’t on hand, we have special lanterns available on request to anyone taking part, which can be decorated and lit to accompany you – just as some of team did.

With the sun just peaking through the clouds, the team neared the end of their walk passing by Cavan Bakery just as they were opening their doors! Triumphant and now with caffeine, the team headed back to enjoy their breakfast and celebrate their walk in the hospice garden. Watch and experience our walk below!

If our team have inspired you to take on your own Virtual Sunrise Walk this month – you can register here. Once you do you will not only receive a Sunrise Walk t-shirt for you and your team, but also a special virtual warm up from TV star and supporter Andi Peters, and if requested, a lantern to light you on your way.

With your support you will help us continue to be there for families, who during this time of uncertainty, have needed us now more than ever.