A walk to greet th e sun and raise money for charity will take place again this year.
Organisers of the St Michael’s Hospice Sunrise Walk are hoping it will be even bigger than last year.
The Ripon Sunrise Walk will take place in October and gives participants the chance to enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful countryside as well as raising vital funds for Saint Michael’s Hospice.
As a charity Saint Michael’s relies on funds raised at events like the Ripon Sunrise Walk to help people with terminal illness. Chief executive of the hospice , Tony Collins said: “We listened to our walkers and pushed the event back to Sunday October 14 when the sunrise is later and we hope this will enable even more people to take part.
”Saint Michael’s is part of Ripon life and this event gives people an opportunity to get their walking shoes on, enjoy the beautiful British autumn and show their support.” The event, sponsored by Eura Audit Ripon, leaves Sawley Village as the sun rises, and takes in a six mile route passing Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal and Deer Park.
It finishes at Ripon Cathedral with hot drinks and a breakfast buttie from Appleton’s of Ripon for each walker. The event, supported by the Ripon Gazette and Boroughbridge Herald, is suitable for all ages and abilities and walkers are welcome to bring their dogs.
Last year more than 200 people set out in the dark to see the sunrise and raise money for the hospice.
Lee Farline, 35, from Ripon and his family did the walk in memory of his mum who had spent time at Saint Michael’s day therapy unit.
He said he didn’t mind the early start. “It doesn’t matter what time it is, there is no worthier cause than Saint Michael’s.
“They really are unsung heroes.
“They did so much for mum and for us as a family and we want to raise as much money as we can so they can keep doing what they’re doing”.
Sharon Gudgeon walked with her son Tom and his friends from Outwood Academy, Ripon.
“It’s such a good cause,” she said after the walk.
“ We all wanted to help raise some money and take part in such a beautiful walk.”
The family of Ripon man Len Nolan who had been cared for at the hospice’s in-patient unit also took part to thank the hopsice for all the support they were given.
“Taking part in the walk is the perfect way to say think you for the absolutely brilliant way the staff cared for Len and the rest of the family as well,” his widow Vivienne said last year.
It costs £3.9m to maintain Saint Michael’s Hospice current levels of service to more than 2,400 patients and their families each year.
More than 80 per cent of this amount is raised by gifts, donations and fundraising events like the Ripon Sunrise Walk.
Registration is now open for this year’s walk.
It costs £10 for adults and £5 for children.
Every participant is asked to raise sponsorship for Saint Michael’s Hospice. Places are limited and participants must register before Friday October 5.
For more information or to register your place please call the hospice on 01423 879 687.
To find out more about the work of Saint Michael’s Hospice log onto the website www.saintmichaelshospice.org