Weston Hospicecare has cancelled the Moonlight Beach Walk due to take place on Saturday 12 September 2020.
Organisers have sign off from North Somerset Council, Health and Safety and the charity’s insurers to run the event. They are also confident that the event would be safe for all participants, volunteers and staff.
However, with new COVID-19 guidelines set to come into force on Monday (14 September) across the UK and increased cases in North Somerset, inviting more than 120 people to Weston-super-Mare at night is not something the charity is willing to do.
It has been indicated to the hospice that many people will choose to venture into Weston town centre on Saturday night before new restrictions and guidance comes into effect on Monday.
However, the hospice is delighted to announce that it will run a virtual Moonlight Beach Walk event which means those already signed up can still take part within their bubbles.
Registration has also reopened until 12 October to attract more supporters to take part virtually.
The hospice would also like to encourage everyone across the region to take part to support the care given to those with life-limiting or terminal illnesses in our community.
Weston Hospicecare’s Chief Executive, Paul Winspear, says “It’s with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the Moonlight Beach Walk due to take place this Saturday (12 September) at late notice.
“From the outset, the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff have been the primary priority and with new coronavirus guidance coming into play from Monday, we felt a responsibility to cancel the event.
“We’re incredibly sorry to all of those who were raring to go on Saturday night in what would have been a lower key but just as special Moonlight Beach Walk.
“However, we cannot wait to see everyone take part in the virtual event online through the various social media channels and raise some much needed funds for their local hospice.”
It costs £15 for adults and £10 for children and all participants will receive a Moonlight Beach Walk T-shirt and a candle bag to make a dedication to a loved one.
To register, visit https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/MoonlightBeachWalk2020. For any queries, please contact email@example.com.