Hundreds of Brummies will be coming together to walk in memory of a loved one this June, as part of a special stroll for a local charity.
The ‘Enchanted Midsummer Walk’ – which is organised by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice – will see local people unite to take on a scenic 10k route across South Birmingham.
Taking place at dusk, participants will be guided along the route by mystical magicians, dazzling fire breathers and impressive aerial acts, creating a truly enchanting experience inspired by Shakespeare.
The walk begins at Rowheath Pavilion – where participants will be able to enjoy music, street food and drinks – before heading off into the leafy suburbs of Bournville, Weoley Hill and Selly Oak. During the route, walkers will be able to visit the Hospice itself at Selly Park and light a candle in memory of their special someone.
As part of the celebrations, walkers will also be treated to an ice cream stop along the route and will be rewarded with a commemorative medal and more enchanting enterrainment once they reach the finish line.
Laura Nash, who is events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice organiser of this year’s walk, said: “Our Enchanted Midsummer Walk is a really magical way to celebrate the lives of loved ones who are sadly no longer with us. This is the fourth time we’ve done the walk and every year, there’s a really upbeat and positive atmosphere – it’s just fantastic to see everyone come together for a similar reason and do something special for the Hospice.
Last year, the Enchanted Midsummer Walk sold out, with over 500 walkers raising £35,000 for the Hospice. All funds raised will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s, which provides vital care to local people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness.
Laura added: “It will cost £8 million to run the Hospice’s crucial services this year, over 60 per cent of which will need to come from voluntary donations. That’s why sponsorship raised at events like the Enchanted Midsummer Walk are vital – it enables us to continue to support people to live well with illness.”
This year, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is celebrating 40 years of care across Birmingham and Sandwell. When the Hospice first opened in 1979, it could care for 25 people on any given day. Four decades later and the Hospice is supporting over 400 people every day, providing care in people’s homes, in the community, at its Day Hospice facility and at the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit.
The Enchanted Midsummer Walk takes place on Saturday 15 June from 6.30 to 11.30pm. Tickets booked in advance cost £16.50 per person or £14.50 per person when booked as a group of five or more.