ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE:  As the Covid-19 restrictions start to ease, St Michael’s Hospice are thrilled to welcome back many of their loyal and committed supporters and volunteers to their fundraising events which raise vital funds and awareness for the Hospice. So, if you’re looking for something to do in the coming months, why not consider attending one or more of them?

Be inspired at the Open Gardens

The St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens season is now in full swing, but there are still a number of areas opening their garden gates in July and August: Icklesham (Saturday 24th July), Hastings Old Town (Tuesday 27th July), St Leonards on Sea (Saturday 31st July) and Ashburnham (Tuesday 3rd August). Open Gardens is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore private gardens within your community. Why not pop along for inspiration and treat yourself to the delicious refreshments while surrounded by beautiful flowers, music and smiling volunteers. 

One recent Open Gardens attendee commented: “For a few hours I got lost in a beautiful garden and watched dragonflies dance, frogs swim and birds sing their hearts out. One magical morning.” 

Laura Sully, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser at St Michael’s Hospice commented: “We would like to thank all our wonderful garden
owners who so generously open their gardens, our fantastic volunteers who give their time at each event, the businesses of Hastings and Rother who proudly display our booklets, and all the visitors who come to the gardens and ensure funds are raised for the Hospice. We would also like to thank this year’s Open Gardens sponsor, Crest House Care Home; we are so grateful for all your wonderful support.”

Enjoy a family day out at the Rye and District Country Show

Remember to put the date in your diary for the Rye and District Country Show, kindly organised by a local committee in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. The ever-popular family-fun event at Elm Tree Farm, Icklesham, will take place on Saturday 21st August from 9.30am-4.00pm.

Alongside the traditional classic car show, vintage tractor display, horse show and a dog show, there will also be the chance to browse lots of stalls at the open-air country fair. Entry is £5 for adults and free for children under the age of 16. To find out more, or to download the horse and dog schedules, visit their website.

Celebrate and remember your loved ones 

On Saturday 18th September, celebrate life, love and friendship and remember your loved ones at the special 10K Moonlight and Memories Walk 2021. No matter your age or ability, everyone is welcome to take part and share in this time of reflection. 

St Michael’s Hospice is excited to announce a new 10km route for 2021, ending at their beautiful gardens in St Leonards-on-Sea, where you are invited to light up the grounds with special paper lanterns. If you are unable to attend the event in person this year, or would prefer to support the Hospice by walking in a place which is special to you, there is the opportunity to sign up for a virtual walk too. 

Every participant will receive a Moonlight and Memories Walk medal on completion of the walk. Early bird ticket sales end on Saturday 31st July, so be sure to snap up your tickets now. 

For further details on all the St Michael’s Hospice events visit: www.stmichaelshospice.com/events


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