Prospect Hospice looks forward as it sets dates for 2021 fundraising events

August 2020


With lockdown enforced and social distancing in place, charity events across the country have been cancelled in their thousands. One of those hardest hit was local charity Prospect Hospice who estimated that they’d lose £2million in income this year dues to cancelled events and shop closures.

However, despite that, the charity has decided to focus on the positive and start planning for 2021 to give its supporters something to look forward to.

Amy Francombe, events and community manager at Prospect Hospice, explains: “The cancellation of all our events has hit us really hard but we can’t dwell on that. We have to stay positive and look forward to bringing our supporters together when we can to raise funds for the hospice.

“We’ve been working really hard to get everything in place for our 2021 events and I want to thank all the venues we’re working with for their support in getting these dates in the diary. We know our supporters love our events and really want to do something to help us. We can’t wait to see everyone again.”

The hospice’s flagship fundraising event, Starlight Walk, will take place on Saturday 26 June, leaving Swindon Town Football Club around 8pm. The event sees hundreds of people pounding the pavements around Swindon in a circular walk and it raises thousands of pounds each year. All money raised at this event goes directly towards paying for nursing care of hospice patients.

This year, in celebration of the hospice’s 40th anniversary, the charity was going to host a ‘back to the 80s’ themed events to celebrate its founding and, with so many supporters excited about the idea, the theme will stay for 2021. Supporters are encouraged to dig out their leg warmers and crimp their hair in celebration of over 40 years of hospice care in the area.

Earlier this year, the charity introduced a shorter version of the Starlight Walk for children to take part in which starts much earlier to ensure that children are tucked up in bed in time for school the next day. The event will return in 2021 and will take place on Sunday 7 March.

“We were planning a new event for 2020 but Covid-19 had other plans for us,” says Ms Francombe. “We had so much interest that we simply had to try again and It’s a Prospect Knockout will take place at the Swindon Cricket Ground on Sunday 18 July.

“For those who remember the TV programme back in the 70s and 80s, you’ll know what fun it can be. For those who haven’t seen it, I encourage you to Google it. Once you see it, I know you’ll want to join in.”

For full details of all Prospect Hospice 2021 fundraising events, and to register your interest in taking part, click here.


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