Shortage of signups causes cancellation of charity walk

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20th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A sponsored walk to raise funds for a care hospice has been cancelled due to lack of public interest.

St. Vincent’s Hospice said it was no longer feasible to hold the Step Up walk at Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch on 1 September.

The charity said not enough people had signed up for the walk to justify its running costs.

However, a new, month-long walking challenge has been set up to replace it.

Fundraising manager Carol-Anne Lamont said: “For the last two years, Step Up has been one of our most popular events, and we were once again looking forward to welcoming you all to join us for a beautiful walk in a couple of weeks’ time.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our Fundraising team and some wonderful supporters, there simply hasn’t been the public interest or signups for this event to make it possible to go ahead.

“Events like Step Up, not only require time and effort from our staff and volunteers, but we also have to consider the costs of running this event. As a local charity, we have a responsibility to make sure that every penny is used to ensure we are offering the highest possible standard of care to our patients and their families. Sadly, in this instance, this event is not able to go ahead.”

Anyone who has already signed up will be contacted by the charity in the coming days, or can contact them directly on 01505 705 635.

Meanwhile, walkers are being urged to sign up for the Hospice’s new Step Up Challenge, which asks participants to log 30 miles during September.

Ms Lamont said: “While we know some of you will be disappointed that the traditional Step Up event will not be going ahead, we are really excited at this opportunity to try something new, to capture the energy and enthusiasm we know that so many of you have for our Hospice.”