Alexa Holgate (centre) and colleagues from Pickerings Solicitors prepare for the Enchanted Solstice Walk
Alexa Holgate (centre) and colleagues from Pickerings Solicitors prepare for the Enchanted Solstice Walk

A Lichfield solicitor who will be taking part in her first-ever St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk next month is calling on people to join her for a magical midsummer evening of fundraising.

Alexa Holgate, together with a team of 20 colleagues from Pickerings Solicitors in Tamworth, will join the event which returns on 18th June following a two-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.

Lichfield-based Alexa will be taking part alongside her niece Sophia Farmer, whose grandfather Brian was supported by St Giles in 2021 when he received end of life care last October.

Alexa said:

“I’ve never taken part in the Solstice Walk before so I’m really looking forward to it.

“Many friends and colleagues have taken part in previous years and they tell me that it’s a really fun event to be a part of and say that it has a really good atmosphere.

“As soon as I heard about the Pickerings team taking part I signed up right away as I wanted to thank St Giles for supporting my family by caring for Sophia’s grandad, Brian, last year.

“Brian’s family visited the hospice every day when he was receiving end-of-life care and they were all so well looked after.

“He received exceptional care from the staff at St Giles – you couldn’t fault anything about it.

“The hospice is such a good cause which supports people when they need help the most and I would encourage anyone to come along and raise funds for this great local charity.”

Alexa Holgate

This year’s Solstice Walk will be taking place with a new Enchanted, a new location, a new 10k route and an earlier start time of 8pm.

St Giles Hospice’s fundraising events manager Zoe Wright said:

“With just three weeks to go we’re counting down the days until the Enchanted Solstice Walk returns – and we’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and join us for this magical sunset stroll.

“It was heartbreaking to have to cancel the event for the last two years, so now we can’t wait to walk through Lichfield’s beautiful city centre once more.

“It’s a wonderful way for our fundraisers to celebrate being able to come together again, and the Solstice Walk always offers a special opportunity to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us.

“This year the event will be starting and ending at Lichfield Rugby Club for the first time, where we’ll be offering a host of entertainment and refreshments for everyone taking part and the supporters who turn up to cheer them on.”

Zoe Wright, St Giles Hospice

The fun will begin with a welcome party from 6pm at Lichfield Rugby Club with face painting, stilt walkers, ive music, food and drinks on offer.

The Enchanted Solstice Walk will start at 8pm.

Children are welcome to join the Enchanted Solstice Walk, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry is £16 for those over 16 and £12 for those aged 15 and under.

For more information or to sign up to this year’s St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk visit www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk.

People who want to help volunteer at the event can also find out more by emailing volunteer@stgileshospice.com.

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