Families urged to join hospice’s torchlit statue-to-statue walk to remember loved ones
Families and friends who wish to take time out to remember loved ones this Christmas are being invited to join a twilight torchlit walk across Nottingham city centre this weekend.
Organised by Nottinghamshire Hospice, the event will start at the Brian Clough statue at 4.15pm on Sunday (Dec 10) and will make its way across Market Place and up Friar Lane, ending at the Robin Hood statue, close to the entrance to Nottingham Castle.
The walk, which is taking place for the first time, is being held as part of the hospice’s annual Light Up A Life appeal, which aims to raise money to help support the hospice’s work over the Christmas period by inviting families to leave a dedication to their loved one in return for a donation.
All of the dedications have been printed in a book of remembrance and lights have been placed on a special Christmas tree which stands outside Castle Gate and which will be officially lit once the marchers have arrived.
Everyone will be holding lit torches and illuminated stars, while they will be escorted by a group of sea cadets and accompanied by a choir.
The event has been backed by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Glyn Jenkins, and supported by Theatre Royal pantomime stars Naomi Slights and Ben Richards, who play the title roles of Beauty and the Beast.
Councillor Jenkins said: “Christmas is a difficult time for many people who have lost someone dear, so anything that is there to help them deal with their bereavement at this time of year is welcome.
“I would encourage the people of Nottingham to come along to the Brian Clough statue on Sunday and join in with the march in order to support Nottinghamshire Hospice and the work that they do.”
The hospice needs to raise £2.7m every year in order to continue its work, which will also take place right across the Christmas period to ensure that its patients get to spend the festive period at home with their families.
Rowena Naylor-Morrell, CEO of Nottinghamshire Hospice, said: “Last year’s remembrance event at the Brian Clough statue was certainly emotional but we know how much it meant to people who took part.
“That’s why we wanted to do it again but go one better by walking through the streets to our Christmas tree, where people can gather and view the lights while they remember whoever it is they have lost.”