Now in it's 37th Year, Northern Ireland Hospice is calling on people from all walks of life to get behind its popular annual fundraising Hospice Walk campaign this spring.
The charity, which cares for babies, children, teenagers and adults with life-limiting conditions, aims to raise £100k from walks across Northern Ireland to help continue to provide people here with the highest quality palliative care at home and in the hospice when they need it most.
The 2017 Hospice Walks will take place in 9 stunning locations across the province in April, May and June, with the additional option for supporters to hold their own walk events in their local areas or organisations.
Please select which walk you plan to take part in from the 4 date options below:
Saturday 1st April - Choose from 3 walks on this date
Lagan Tow Path Walk (8 miles) - Sponsored by Creightons. Enjoy a peaceful walk beside the river with its wetland, meadow and woodland.
Larne Walk (5 & 9 miles) - A popular walk that takes in Drain's Bay and Carnfunock Country Park.
Belfast Castle Walk (3 miles- hill walk) - Sponsored by Rosemount Homes. This walk takes you through the woodland and parkland of Belfast Castle Estate and offers stunning views of Belfast Lough and the City of Belfast.
Saturday 6th May - Choose from 2 walks on this date
Carrickfergus Walk (7 miles) - Sponsored by Mauds. One of the hospice's most popular walks which involves a circuit walk, taking in amazing views of Belfast Lough and the historic town with its Castle.
Colin Glen Forest Park Walk (3 & 6 miles) - This attractive walk follows the Colin River through the wooded glen and offers great views of the surrounding Belfast Hills and City of Belfast (wheelchair accessible).
Saturday 3rd June – 1 walk on this date
Mournes Trek (8 miles) - The trek will leave Meelmore Lodge and contour around Spellack to join Trassey Track following the trail up to Hares Gap. From here we follow the Brandy Pad to the saddle between Slieve Donard and Commedagh then to the summit of Commedagh and descend to Hares Gap following the Mourne Walll. Follow the track back down to Trassey Road and Meelmore Lodge.
Saturday 10th June - Choose from 3 walks on this date
North Down Coastal Path Walk (5 & 8 miles) - Enjoy the amazing coastline of North Down following the recently upgraded pathway from Holywood to Crawfordsburn (5 miles) or Bangor (8 miles).
Portrush Beach & Coastal Path Walk to Dunluce Castle (5 & 8 miles) - We are very excited to be offering this walk which takes you onto Whiterocks Beach with its breathtaking coastal views (suitable for children's buggies). The 8 mile walk continues from Whiterocks Beach to Dunluce Castle, following the coastal dunes (NB: this section of the walk is not suitable for children's buggies).
Ballymena Walk - (4 miles with the option of additional riverside walk). See Broughshane, the garden village, with its profusion of floral displays and enjoy the optional Buttermilk Bridge Riverside walk with its wildlife (wheelchair accessible).
DIY Walk- Any date & location you wish!
Go the distance and make a difference to the lives of local people living with terminal illnesses.
Every pound raised will make a difference, for example:
£30 could pay for one hour of nursing care for an adult patient at the hospice in-patient unit in Whiteabbey
£50 could purchase a shower chair for the new hospice in-patient unit
£80 could pay for support and counselling for a bereaved relative
£1700 could purchase a new patients bed.
This year’s Hospice Walks are proudly sponsored by Mauds Ice-cream, Royal Mail, Creightons and Rosemount Homes.
Age limit applies- 16 years and over