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Hospice Memorial Walk is back on the traditional route after Covid absence


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Hospice Memorial Walk is back on the traditional route after Covid absence Hospice Memorial Walk is back on the traditional route after Covid absence

For two years it took place remotely as walkers headout out on their quiet streets and pathways around the world – but this year the Galway Memorial Walk is back at its spiritual route, from Claddagh Hall to Blackrock and back.

It’s the 17th year of this wonderful, emotional, joyful fundraiser for Galway Hospice, when relatives and friends of those who are gone walk through the Claddagh and along the Prom remembering their loved one with every step.

This year’s Galway Memorial Walk takes place at 12 noon on Sunday, September 11, and this time, only previous events, there’s no clash with any potential All-Ireland Final!

“It is because of each individual’s participation in the Galway Memorial Walk, that we can continue to provide the care necessary for our patients and their families living with a life-limiting illness”, Charlene Hurley, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Galway Hospice.

Covid meant that the walk couldn’t take place in person along its traditional route for the last two years, although some opted to do it there in their own time and at a safe distance.

But what that also meant was that people did the walk in their own environment – whether that was the heart of Connemara or the streets or Boston or the sand dunes of Dubai.

What has long made the Memorial Walk unique is that, while it’s in memory of those who have died, there is no sadness on the day…only joyful memories and laughter, as those still here share stories of past times.

And it’s also a vital fundraiser for Galway Hospice which continues to provide care throughout Covid and needs support now more than ever.

By participating in the Galway Memorial Walk, you will play a very important part in ensuring the free delivery of essential Inpatient Care, Community Palliative Care, Day Care and Bereavement Support services to those affected by life-limiting illnesses, for as long as they are needed.

“This walk is so special for us and for people each year. It means we can have a day when we all come together and honour those who have been lost from our lives,” said Mary Nash, Chief Executive of Galway Hospice.

“Seeing people walking in memory of their family, friends and loved ones and celebrating their lives is always so poignant in Galway on the second Sunday in September.

“It allows us all to come together as a community to remember and to raise vital funds for other people who will need our help throughout the coming year,” she added.

The Walk, which is sponsored by McD’s and supported by the Connacht Tribune Group and Galway Bay FM, is the Hospice’s single biggest fundraiser each year – and is firmly back on the local social calendar.

Those who take part in the Memorial Walk do so in memory of a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague who has passed away, with many wearing the name of their loved one on special personalised t-shirts provided by the Hospice.

You can register for the Galway Memorial Walk at on the Hospice website or 091-770868. And all participants must register to participate.

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