Butterfly Bimble is first in-person event in a year for hospice


The memory walk at Blenheim Palace on Sunday will be a poignant moment for many families

The Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice will this Sunday hold its first in person event in over a year.   Blenheim Palace is the setting for The Butterfly Bimble – a 4km family springtime walk, to celebrate a life and remember someone families have loved and lost.

“I cannot tell you how excited the whole team are about this.   Its been over a year since we’ve been able to do anything face to face”, said Alison Hooker, Community Fund Raising Manager for Helen and Douglas House.

The Butterfly Bimble gets its name recognizing the short life butterflies have, which sadly is similar to many of the children Helen and Douglas House support, who have a shorter life that you would expect.

The event is a memory walk for people who are walking in memory of someone they have loved and lost.   For a lot of participants that will be families who have lost a child and were supported by Helen and Douglas House before they died.

Whilst the event does raise much needed money for the Hospice, Alison Hooker says that is not the main purpose: “We really need funds at the moment.   This is the first event we’ve been able to do for quite a while, so we’re really grateful to those families who are fund raising for us.   That said, this event really is about our families, so we don’t have a specific fund-raising target for this one but we’re just grateful for any donations.”

The Butterfly Bimble is a 4km walk following the tarmacked paths on the Blenheim Estate.    Children can enjoy the caterpillar trail during the walk and the route is buggy friendly.

The event is limited to 250 participants and is sold out, but people can still join in virtually in their own location.  

Alison Hooker says the anticipation for an in-person event is building amongst the families that will be there: “They are thrilled to be joining us.   For a lot of them it isn’t going to be the easiest of days because they are going to be thinking about their child that they have loved and lost.   Obviously, everybody has got to be socially distanced, but there will still be an amazing community spirit with everyone joining in together.”

You can find out more at hdh.org.uk.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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