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Children’s hospice calls on walkers

People are being urged to pull on their walking boots and raise vital funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Rainbows is staging its annual sponsored Walk of Life on Sunday 19 May, as part of Children’s Hospice Week*, and is calling on the people of Leicestershire to sign up.

Starting at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, on Grace Road, walkers can take on a 15 mile trek or a gentler five mile amble around the city and surrounding countryside. More than 700 people took part in the event last year raising £45,000 for the Loughborough-based hospice. Many of the walkers dressed as their favourite super hero or brought their dogs along which made a fantastic sight around the streets of Leicester. This year, organisers hope to attract 800 walkers and smash last year’s figure.

Katie Baxter, community and events manager at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, said: “The Walk of Life is one of our most fun events. With the choice of two routes, there really is something for everybody and we hope that as many people as possible sign up to help us raise funds.

“Lots of our participants don fancy dress and we can guarantee there will be a great atmosphere and wonderful camaraderie among our walkers. By taking part, you can really make a difference to the lives of seriously ill and life-limited children throughout the East Midlands.”

Entry for the event, which is sponsored by Oak FM and Next, is £5 and all walkers will receive a goody bag and medal. Dogs can also register for £5 and bring their owner for free. All dogs taking part will receive a doggy bag.

For further information on Rainbows’ Walk of Life or to register, visit or contact Beccy May on 01509 638066 or email


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Notes to Editors

 About Children’s Hospice Week

*Children’s Hospice Week is the UK’s only charity week for children’s hospices which runs from Friday 26 April to Friday 3 May.

About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura's favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

 It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows Children’s Hospice helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.



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