‘Early birds’ show their support for Grantham hospice

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford
St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford
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In the early hours of Sunday morning, ladies from across Grantham and the surrounding area rolled out of bed and donned their best pair of trainers for the St Barnabas Early Birds Sponsored Walk.

The brand new fundraising event, which has replaced the once-popular Moonlight Walk, saw groups of women take a stroll around the grounds of Stoke Rochford Hall from 7am.

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Barrowby Ramblers

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Barrowby Ramblers

The ladies-only morning walk featured women of all ages, walking for a number of different reasons, including those looking to get fit and those who took part to remember a loved one.

Participants chose whether to go on a more leisurely route of four miles or a more challenging journey of seven miles.

St Barnabas community events fundraiser, Janie McCormick, said: “It was a great event, the sun eventually came out and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“Every single woman that took part has helped to ensure that the team at St Barnabas can provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Nationwide

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Nationwide

Just under £7,000 was raised for St Barnabas, a charity which ensures all individuals facing the end of their life in Lincolnshire receive dignified, compassionate care when they require it and where they ask for it.

The hospice hosts a number of events throughout the year, including events just like this one - helping to raise vital funds for its patients.

In October, the hospice is encouraging the local community to ‘Go Yellow’ by hosting a yellow themed fundraiser.

The Go Yellow campaign will run throughout October and businesses, schools and individuals are being encouraged to organise their own yellow themed fundraising event.

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Much Loved Girls

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Much Loved Girls

As part of the campaign, Friday, October 7 has been designated ‘Wear it Yellow Day’ with people encouraged to wear something yellow in return for a donation to the hospice.

Support has already been pledged from Siemens, Sleaford Quality Foods and Ingham Primary School.

To request a fundraising pack call 01522 540300.

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Hunter Girls

St Barnabas 'Early Birds' walk, Stoke Rochford. Pictured: Hunter Girls