Our thanks to all who took part in our second memory walk, Night to Remember on the evening of Saturday 9 September. With their amazing support, we were able to successfully raise nearly £25,000 to help fund the appointment of a Bereavement Practitioner for an initial 18-month pilot. This appointment will improve the way that our services provide compassionate advice and support to families and carers after someone has died at the hospital. If successful, this programme of bereavement support will be continued and expanded, so we have the right support in place to provide a holistic package of care for patients and their families.

Despite it being a sultry September evening for those taking on the five-or-thirteen-mile route, there was a great atmosphere. Prior to the start of the walk in the ancient Market Place, the Korean Culture & Arts Centre provided a spectacular demonstration of drumming, while the Korean Restaurants & Supermarkets Association cooked Kim Chi. Our thanks also to Russell Cooke Solicitors for their support again this year and to the volunteers who helped out during the evening.

Tom Brook who has taken part in both of our memory walks with other family members said:

‘It’s been a privilege to be able to walk, once again, for the Kingston Hospital Charity in memory of our wonderful father who died back in 2021, but who was so well cared for and supported by the hospital over the last 20 years or so. We will forever be indebted to the hospital for their care and professionalism – it’s a pleasure to be able to give something back to support the Kingston Hospital community.’ 

Tony Bapuji who took part for the first time this year explained:

“It was a joyful privilege to have walked at the Night to Remember event in support of Kingston Hospital Charity. The timing and distance were fortuitous because I wanted to do a half marathon in honour of my mum. Although this was a walk, and not a run, it was a big intermediate preparative step in that direction. I particularly loved the delightful fragrance of the trees and woods which we walked by on route. If you’re thinking about doing this, now is the time to sign up for the 2024 walk with your friends!”

One of the team entries was Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Chief Executive Forbes Low said:

“It was a privilege for Kingston Chamber to support the Night to Remember walk. Many of our members wanted to recognise and pay tribute to the wonderful work of the NHS by coming together for this walk. It was heartwarming to see so many people, of all ages, of all degrees of fitness, sharing conversations and laughter along the route. There was a special spirit of unity which this walk made happen. The many dogs who came with their owners also played their successful part as well! “ 

Next year’s Night to Remember memory walk takes place on Saturday 7 September at 7pm. A choice of two routes – five miles and 13 miles – offers an opportunity for all abilities. Please <click here> for further information and to sign up.

If you would like to learn more about our efforts to enhance bereavement support at Kingston Hospital or to make a donation please <click here>