Hospital charity delays first post-pandemic fundraising event

A hospital charity has postponed its first post-pandemic fundraising event.

ELHT & Me, the official charity of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, was scheduled to hold an 8 mile walk on Sunday July 4, but given the delay in easing the lockdown, the event has been postponed to September 26.

The event will see NHS staff and members of the public join forces to raise much-needed funds for the charity, which supports hospitals in Blackburn, Burnley, Pendle, Clitheroe and Accrington.

Community fundraiser Emma Heinicke said: ‘We have made the decision to change the date of the NHS big march in September following the government announcement on Monday.

“We understand that there may be some disappointment, but we hope that even more people will be encouraged to put on their sneakers and join us that day, following in the footsteps of the hundreds of people who have taken our route. 2019.

“We all walked more during the pandemic and are enjoying the physical and mental well-being benefits of going outdoors, whether alone or in a group. As we now have the summer months to prepare, what better way to go out and support your local hospitals – so mark the new date in your calendar.

All walkers who have already registered for the event have been contacted about the date change this week.

Anyone who can’t make it to the new date shouldn’t be missed as the charity has launched a virtual walk, starting this weekend through to the event.

Virtual walkers can be any age and can walk 13 kilometers at their own pace wherever they want, all at once or spread over different dates.

Visit https://elht.nhs.uk/big-nhs-walk to participate in the walk. Admission is currently at the early bird price of £ 20 for the in-person walk and £ 10 for the virtual event.

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