Moon & Stars Memories Walk Virtual

31/07/2021 6:00 pm
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Walk under the Moon and Stars for Rowans

Moon and Stars Memories Walk is a poignant, yet fun event which combines our two most popular fundraisers, the Moonlit Memories Walk and children’s Starlit Walk.

We hope that Government and Portsmouth City Council Guidelines allow us to hold a physical event this year, however, we do understand not everyone will be comfortable participating in large groups just yet.

The Moon and Stars Memories Walk is the perfect solution, which allows everyone to take part. Join in to celebrate the memory of a loved one and support your local Hospice on our biggest virtual walk!

Join in and remember a loved one

When?            Saturday 31 July 2021
What?             Walk 3, 6, or 9 miles (or choose your distance)
Where?          Anywhere you like!
Who?               Individually or in a group  of 6
How much? FREE to sign up with a suggested £50 sponsorship pledge or donation

Please adhere to Government Guidelines at all times.

ON THE NIGHT: Keep an eye on our social media channels which will be full of great entertainment and wishes of good luck, as well as a special moment of reflection.

See more and sign up below! 
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Important Information & Top Tips

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  • Medal for those who achieve £50 or more in sponsorship, or donate £50 or more (posted 6-8 weeks after the event)
  • Moonlit Memories Walk T-shirt from our existing stock, in exchange for a £5 donation (limited availability)
  • In Memory Bib to decorate and attach to your t-shirt to remember those you’re walking for – DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Memory Star for children to ​decorate in memory of a loved one – DOWNLOAD HERE (2 per sheet)
  • Full support from the Income Generation Team to help you fundraise for your challenge

Moon & Stars Memories Walk is FREE to register, with a suggested £50 sponsorship pledge per person (or household). If you would prefer to give a donation instead of collecting sponsorship, you can do so on our Moon & Stars JustGiving Campaign Page.  Please remember to still register below so we can keep in touch with all of the relevant event information.

Online Sponsorship


  • The easiest and quickest way to collect sponsorship is to set up a JustGiving page. Create your page on our special Moon & Stars JustGiving Campaign Page
  • Set up your JustGiving page as soon as you have decided to take part – it’s never too early to start fundraising!
  • Share your JustGiving page on email and social media to start receiving donations for Rowans Hospice Charity
  • Add your story, photos & why you are supporting Rowans Hospice Charity to your JustGiving page
  • Give regular updates for your supporters to read
  • The more personal you make your page, the more motivated people will be to sponsor you
  • JustGiving will ensure all of your sponsorship money is sent to us, so you don’t have to do anything further
  • If you would like to collect sponsorship money offline, you can download a paper Sponsorship Form here

Top tips on collecting sponsorship!

  • Remind your family and friends of your fundraising target and how you need their support to reach this
  • Every £1 of sponsorship is important to us, but we can make it go just a little bit further with Gift Aid. We can claim an additional 25p on every £1 donated at no additional cost to you, but only if your sponsors tick the Gift Aid Box. This is really easy to do on your JustGiving Page so please make your sponsors aware they can do this (if eligible)
  • Tell your supporters why you want to help the Rowans Hospice Charity and why it is important to you
  • Thank all those who have sponsored you. EG: You could mention them on Facebook ‘Thank you Aunty Mary for sponsoring me £20 for the Moon & Stars Memories Walk raising money for the Rowans Hospice Charity. If anyone else would like to support me you can do so on my JustGiving page here (insert your link)’

How can I pay in any offline sponsorship money?

  • Cash – you can hand in cash, along with your sponsorship form (it is very important to enclose your sponsorship form so we can claim Gift Aid), to our reception at the Hospice
  • Cheques – Cheques should be made payable to ‘Rowans Hospice’ and can be sent in the post, along with your sponsorship form and contact details
  • If paying in money on behalf of a group, please provide the group name and a list of the individuals in the group so we can thank everyone
  • You can also hand in cash/cheques, together with sponsorship forms, into any one of our shops

Here are some fun ideas to help get your fundraising underway!

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  • Make afternoon tea and cakes for your household and ask for a donation to join in
  • Garden bake sale – bake cakes and invite people to purchase a slice (make sure you stick to Government Guidelines on group gatherings)
  • Bingo night – this can be played via Zoom, ask everyone for a donation to play
  • eBay – sell your preloved goods on eBay or Facebook Marketplace and donate the proceeds
  • Fancy Dress Day at work or school
  • Give something up – could you do a month without chocolate?
  • Keepy Up Challenge
  • Online Quiz
  • Guess how many sweets in a jar
  • Guess the weight of the cake

Here are some top tips from Olympic swimmer and Rowans Hospice Charity supporter, Katy Sexton, MBE which will help you prepare for your Moon & Stars Memories Walk.

Nutrition – keep a balanced diet including:

  • Carbs (potatoes, pasta, starchy foods)
  • Protein (lean meat, Quorn, tofu, eggs, milk)
  • Fat
  • Fibre
  • Vitamins and minerals (most foods have all the nutrients you need so supplements shouldn’t be necessary)
  • After a workout you will feel hungry and will need to replace lost nutrients. Things to help recovery are proteins.
  • The more colourful your plate can be the better.
  • Try and stay away from fried things and sweet treats, the odd treat is ok in moderation.
  • Most importantly make sure you drink enough water, at Least 2 litres a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the Moon and Stars Memories Walk?
  • The walk takes place on Saturday 31 July 2021.
  • It is a virtual event, so you can walk any route you wish – you could walk around the local park, your garden, or even walk on a treadmill!
  • We encourage you to follow a well lit route, especially if you are walking at night.
  • For safety reasons, please try to walk with another person (adhering to current Government Guidelines).
What should I wear and take with me on the Walk? 
  • Appropriate clothes (several layers is a good idea) & ensure your footwear is suitable for the terrain you are walking on
  • Moonlit Memories T-shirts are available from our existing stock, for a donation of £5.00 – please order your size (S,M,L, XL) on registration
  • If you have a Moonlit Memories T-Shirt, please wear it on your walk. It will also help you identify any other participants who may be walking in the same area
  • Any ‘little stars’ taking part are encouraged to wear fancy dress, just like on the children’s Starlit Walk
  • Remember to check the weather forecast on the day – we don’t want you getting wet and cold!
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Snacks to help keep you energised…Jelly Babies are great for this!
  • Bottle of water
  • Torch
  • Memory bib for adults
  • Memory star for children


  • Dogs are allowed to join you, as long as you do not enter any areas that specifically prohibit dog walking.
  • Please keep your dog on a lead at all times
  • Please ensure you pick up and dispose of any dog waste

Will there be any marshals, first aid support or toilet facilities on the walk?
  • There will be no marshalls or medical support as this is a virtual walk and participants are taking part across the local community
  • Take a small first aid kit with you in case of minor injuries or blisters
  • Please check before your walk if there are any toilet facilities on your route
  • You could plot a route for your walk which goes near your home so you can return if needed
How can I send you photographs or films during my walk?
  • It would be great to hear from you on the night and we would love for you to share your photographs whilst you are getting ready and during your walk
  • Tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @RowansHospice
  • Use the hashtag #RowansHospice
  • When posting to Facebook, please set your privacy settings to public and put @RowansHospice in your message so we we will be able to find your post and comment
  • 31/07/2021
    6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Details Price Qty
Walker(s) with £50 suggested sponsorship pledge £0.00 (GBP)  
Walker(s) with a donation to JG Campaign Page (instead of sponsorship) £0.00 (GBP)  
Additional walker(s) (if household is fundraising together) £0.00 (GBP)  
Moonlit Memories Walk T-Shirt (please state size in registration form) £5.00 (GBP)  


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