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2020 has been a difficult year; It’s been a time where we’ve needed to be together but have had to be apart. The Coronavirus pandemic has kept us from family and friends, our lives have been paused. We are looking forward to a time we can be together again, even if it means keeping a little distance!

We would love to invite you to join us on the 12th of September for a very special Starlight Stroll. Join us for a walk along the beautiful Eastbourne Seafront, and lay a special lantern at the Italian Gardens in memory of a loved one who is no longer with us.  At 5pm, our Starlight team will transport all the lanterns back to the Hospice, and light the garden up in a special live stream event, which you can join from the comfort of your own homes.

Last year, more than 1000 people joined us on an amazing evening and raised over £85,000, which supported vital Hospice care for people in our community.

This year, we are aiming to raise over £100,000 so that we can continue to support our patients and their families in the wake of the effects that Covid-19 has had on our services. You can follow our fundraising progress by clicking this link for our JustGiving.com page

Social Distancing

We have worked incredibly hard to make this event safe, socially distanced, and enjoyable for you all. Some of it will feel familiar; a walk along the seafront a lantern to place in the garden and a time to remember your loved one. However, some things will be different so that we can keep everyone reassuringly safe.  We have made a handy ‘Social Distancing at Starlight Stroll’ document that details all the changes, which you can download here. However, here are a few of the key ways we’ve changed Starlight Stroll this year:

  • We have elongated the event and it will now be taking place between 10am and 4pm instead of over an evening.
  • We will be giving all participants a block of 1 hour throughout the day to register in. This helps keep our participants safe as we can monitor the number of people registering at 1 time, and will avoid a large queue at the garden end of the walk
  • We will make clear, 2m markings on the ground to help participants know where to stand to keep
  • T-shirts are not included in your registration fee this year, as they are being provided by Hartland Hoodies via their online shop. This means that the T-shirts will be sent directly to your homes and will make sure they come into contact with as few people as possible before they get to you

Starlight Stroll goes virtual!

If you can’t make it to Starlight Stroll this year, why not bring it to you! This year, we are offering a new, virtual element to the walk. Sign up and take part in a 4-mile walk wherever you are. We’ll still send you a lantern and a fundraising pack.

Click here for more information about our virtual Starlight Stroll

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Good to know

  • We are not able to provide food or drink at this event and encourage all participants to bring a bottle of water on the day. The Beach Deck may have food and drink available to purchase after the walk, however, this is not guaranteed and will be in accordance with Government guidelines around social distancing
  • You can find free parking nearby Treasure Island along Royal Parade and in the residential area opposite the venue. There is also a pay and display car next to Treasure Island.
  • The route is wheelchair and pushchair accessible