A Magical Walk at the National Coal Mining Museum

A local charity will be hosting a 1-mile enchanted walk for the whole family to enjoy with a spectacular firework finale this October.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice (who deliver care and support to local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire) will be hosting their Lantern Trail event on 29th October 2016 from 5pm at the National Coal Mining Museum.

The event will see participants complete a magical one mile sponsored walk lit by miners’ lanterns, fairy lights and a few illuminated surprises.

You can also make the event extra special by dedicating and decorating lanterns to carry with you as the route leads to the Memorial Garden where you can place your lantern and take some time for remembrance and reflection.

Lucy Burnett, Fundraising Events Manager at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We are delighted to be holding our Lantern Trail event on Saturday 29th October at the National Coal Mining Museum. It will be a fabulous family-friendly evening from the one mile walk through to the spectacular firework finale, there will be something for everyone.”

Registration for the event includes a glow wristband along with a certificate on completion. Food and drink will also be available to purchase throughout the evening and the event.

Asparagus Green (coordinator of all events at the National Coal Mining Museum) Sales Manager, Jaine Binns said “We are so pleased to be involved in this brand new event, in partnership Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. The nature walk and grounds of the museum are a perfect fit for the Lantern Trail and we aim to work together to create a magical enchanted experience for all those attending”.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

Tickets are on sale now for £10 Adults, £5 Under 16’s and £25 Family tickets by visiting bit.ly/lanterntrail.

For all further enquiries please call 01484 411040.

ENDS NOTES TO EDITOR

• In all publications please refer to our charity as “Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice”. Please do not call us “Forget Me Not Trust” this is our charity’s former identity and is no longer a name we go by.

• Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports over 200 children and their families, across West Yorkshire, through its hospice at home service and state of the art hospice Russell House in Huddersfield.

• Forget Me Not Children’ Hospice has been presented with an opportunity to expand our neonatal support to families across Bradford. Although still in its early stages in Bradford, it enables us to offer our neonatal and antenatal support to more families in West Yorkshire whilst assisting fellow healthcare professionals in ensuring the highest levels of care are provided to families.

• Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice achieved a rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission putting them in the top 2% of Health & Social Care providers in the UK.

• HRH Princess Beatrice became Patron of the charity in July 2013.

• Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice charity was founded more than 14 years ago as a result of the challenges faced by a local mum whose son, Russell, became very ill and needed hospice care. She was concerned at the lack of local support, and set about changing this. After years of fundraising Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice began caring for local children and their families in 2010 through its hospice at home service.

• In December 2012, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice opened the doors of its state of the art building – Russell House, to the families and children who use the charities services. Offering care within Russell House will from now on run side by side by with the Hospice at Home service.

• With just 6% of funding coming from the government the charity must raise over £3.8m each year to ensure it is able to give the children and families the support they need.

• There are more than 1300 children and families in West Yorkshire who may need the care support from the Hospice at Home service or at the Hospice, Russell House. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice needs to build awareness to enable it to reach out to these families

• As part of the charity’s care service we offer children’s play, family support, bereavement support, sibling support and complementary therapy to all of our children and families

• A chain of 9 retail charity shops currently operate across Kirklees and Calderdale, serving local communities and raising funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – Lindley, Holmfirth – Victoria Street, Heckmondwike, King Cross in Halifax, Brighouse, Huddersfield, Almondbury, Hebden Bridge and Golcar.

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