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Lighting the way to remembering loved ones as hospice holds its first Lantern Walk in King's Lynn




King’s Lynn’s The Walks park was filled with light from 150 lanterns as supporters of the Norfolk Hospice came together for its first ever Lantern Walk.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured in front Lindsey Aitken with all Marshalls for the event. At the Walks King's Lynn. (2454003)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured in front Lindsey Aitken with all Marshalls for the event. At the Walks King's Lynn. (2454003)

The event enabled participants to remember loved ones they have lost carrying a lantern over the 3km walk.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Third from left Headteacher of St Martha's School King's Lynn Aiden McGovern with family walking in memory of his Mum Bridgid. (2454009)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Third from left Headteacher of St Martha's School King's Lynn Aiden McGovern with family walking in memory of his Mum Bridgid. (2454009)

It started at dusk and the 150 walkers were each given a lantern to light the way along the route, in celebration of the life of the person or people they wanted to remember.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured seond form left. Sharon Smith with her family walking in memory of her late husband Steve. (2454012)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured seond form left. Sharon Smith with her family walking in memory of her late husband Steve. (2454012)

The Lantern Walk, which was organised in conjunction with King’s Lynn Borough Council was also sponsored by SFK Cooper, long standing supporters of the hospice.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured participents Left toR Ann Benefer.Diana Brindle.Geraldine Darrington.Patsy Stanley.Lorriane Wells. (2454015)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured participents Left toR Ann Benefer.Diana Brindle.Geraldine Darrington.Patsy Stanley.Lorriane Wells. (2454015)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Third in front from the left Sharon Smith with her family and friends walking in memory of her late husband Steve Smith. (2454006)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Third in front from the left Sharon Smith with her family and friends walking in memory of her late husband Steve Smith. (2454006)

As well as the lantern lit walk, participants were entertained by ‘Simply Sing’ – King’s Lynn Community Choir whilst Ben Norris, daytime presenter from KLFM also attended.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants starting the walk. (2454021)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants starting the walk. (2454021)

The hospice thanked the 22 volunteers who gave up their time to help marshal the walk on Friday (8) and register the walkers as the event would not have been possible without them.

Donations are still coming in but so far the hospice has raised nearly £3,350 from the event.

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants on the walk. (2454027)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants on the walk. (2454027)

Lindsey Atkin, the hospice’s community fundraising manager, said, “We were blown away by the success of our first ever Lantern Walk. To see so many people come together in such a poignant display of remembrance was wonderful and we are excited to develop this event further in 2019.”

The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants on the walk. (2454024)
The Norfolk Tapping House lanten Walk. Pictured Participants on the walk. (2454024)


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