BRIGHTLY coloured charity supporters walked to remember loved ones as part of an annual event.

Thames Valley Hospice, in Maidenhead, which offers palliative and end-of-life care for people in Berkshire, hosted its Sunflower Walk on Saturday, June 18.

Participants walked around Bray Lake and the hospice where they chose between a 2.5k, 5k and 10k distance.

Michaela Parker, who walked in memory of her mum, said: “We took part in the Sunflower Walk as the Hospice looked after my mum last year before she passed away.

“The team here were great for caring for both her and my whole family.”

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When they crossed the finish line the supporters collected their medal and enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments.

And many left a special message for their loved one on a dedicated memory tree at the hospice.

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Amy Chambers, Thames Hospice’s new fundraising and marketing director, said: “I absolutely loved being a part of my first Sunflower Walk, it was very special to be able to meet and thank those who attended.

“It was humbling to hear stories of how beautifully the Hospice cared for their loved ones.

“It’s understandably a very emotional day for many people, uniting with others to remember friends and relatives who have passed.”

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To date, the Sunflower Walk event has raised an incredible £20,000 for Thames Hospice.  

Ms Chambers added: “We are eternally grateful for our community’s unwavering support.

“All funds raised from the Sunflower Walk will help us to continue to provide compassionate hospice care.”

Ms Chambers thanked the staff, volunteers and suppliers who supported the event.