With the sun out and the leaves just starting to turn to those beautiful Autumn colours, Sunday was the perfect day for a walk through woodlands for the Sue Ryder Forget-Me-Not Walk to celebrate the lives of those who are gone but not forgotten.
Over 200 walkers choose either a 5km or 10km walk through the beautiful Oxfordshire woodlands around Nettlebed, Highmoor and Nuffield. A new and popular addition to the walk were t-shirts for people to add a picture or message for those they were remembering. Participants were also given the opportunity to write a dedication card which was added to a special memory tree.
BBO Recruitment from Henley sponsored the event and provided the tote bags for the goodie bags for all the walkers on their return. Katie Morgan, Managing Director, said: “We were delighted to be a part of the Forget-Me-Not Walk. It was a fantastic event and the turnout was brilliant – thankfully the weather held out! It’s the first time we have been involved with Sue Ryder and we were thrilled to be a part of it. They are a super charity who provide an excellent service and we are delighted to be able to support them; we are keen to continue working with Sue Ryder on a long term basis and very much look forward to getting involved in more fundraising events!”
Georgia Rote from Surrey and her partner were the first 5km walkers home. They were walking for Georgia’s Uncle Jon Hart who came to the spend the last days of life at the Nettlebed hospice after some time in Royal Berks hospital. He passed away in November last year. Georgia said, “I can’t really say the words to describe the care that my Uncle received. It was just amazing. The difference in care from the hospital was so much better and they made him really comfortable for his last days. They were also very welcoming to the whole family and provided support for us too.”
The Harmsworth family from Emmer Green did the walk for the first time and only decided on Sunday morning to do it. They said, “It’s been really friendly and we’ve discovered a new walk we didn’t know about and Jemima our daughter has asked can we do the 10K next year. We’re planning to set up a Just Giving page when we get home to raise more money for Sue Ryder.”
Plummer’s Mates were providing the entertainment afterwards. Band member Martyn Cooper said, “As a cancer survivor and day patient at the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent in Reading, it’s absolute pleasure to be playing here today. Sue Ryder’s work is amazing.”
Fern Haynes, Interim Head of Fundraising at Sue Ryder, said: “It was a wonderful day and we’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who took part, our fantastic volunteers and suppliers, and to BBO Recruitment. Sponsorship money is still trickling in from participants and we are very close to reaching our £10,000 fundraising target which is just brilliant – this could pay for one of our family support teams for a month, offering practical and emotional support.”