St Giles Hospice Safari Solstice Walk

Saturday evening saw the much loved St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk take place this years theme was “Safari Solstice” and there were no shortages of walkers dressing up as various animals and characters. There were lots of activities to keep entrants occupied ranging from face painting photo opportunities with real animals and entertainment from the Got2Sing Choir. Before the walk started there was thank you from St Giles Hospice followed by a moment of reflection and a bubble release.
The 10k route took them from Lichfield Rugby Club into Lichfield, and a quick excursion in Beacon park before circumnavigating Stowe Pool and into Market Square before heading back to the rugby club for a finishers celebration with a Live DJ Saturday Night Party.

Royal Sutton Fun Run

Thousands of runners descended on Sutton Coldfield on June 4th for the 40th anniversary of the Royal Sutton Fun Run

It looked as if it would perfect running conditions cloudy and slightly cooler, but that all changed as the run started with the sun making an appearance and also making it tough for those involved especially those who donned fancy dress and the 60 plus four legged friends, many of whom i’m sure thought it was just their normal Sunday walk, and lets not forget the posties who decided to pull a Royal Mail van around the 8.5 miles

The run was started by Katie Smith, who was due to start the 2020 event before coronavirus intervened and who would later be running with a giant pink top hat, and Brian Latham whose idea it was to have a fun run through Sutton Coldfield. Brian thanked organiser Tracey Spare and his late father, Roy, for making his idea a reality

In 40 years the event has raised £4.92 million for good causes, with 2023’s 40th edition expected to break the £5 million barrier


Buddy Bag Foundation Fashion & Fizz Event

On Thursday The Buddy Bag Foundation held their Fashion and Fizz Charity Lunch at The Bracebridge  Restaurant in Sutton Park.

The eighty five quests were treated a glass of fizz on arrival and were entertained by the legendary saxophone player Andy Sax.

When everyone was settled Mayor Jan Cairns welcomed everybody to the lunch and then handed over to Karen Williams OBE who talked about Buddy Bags and the work they are doing.

A wonderful lunch was served by the fabulous staff from The Bracebridge.

Lunch was followed by a beautiful fashion show courtesy of Nero e Bianco

The afternoon ended with the raffle draw na thank you’s

The total raised from the event was in the region of £4000.00 to be confirmed.

Table Pictures Click Here – For sale £5.00 each with 50% to Buddy Bags

Fashion Show Pictures Click Here

All Photography by  ©Nigel Gambles Photography

Hero Walk for St Giles Hospice Care

There was a fabulous turnout for St Giles annual “Hero Walk” plenty of hero’s and their canine friends and a few villains who seemed to have crept in on the action.

The sun shone and the “Rock Choir” sang some excellent versions of classic rock numbers whiles the Heros Assembled.

Sutton Coldfield Mayor Janet Cairns welcomed everybody to the event and wished them all well at 11.00am when our Heros sped off at a walking pace to complete the 4.5K circuit taking part in four activities along the route.

At about 11.45 the first Heros started to cross the finish line and collect their medals

Photography by Nigel Gambles Photography

Solstice Walk

St Giles Hospice

Saturday 18th June

Solstice Walk – Lichfield Rugby Club

The sun eventually chased the rain away on Saturday evening for St Giles Hospices Solstice Walk, organised to raise funds for support and care at their hospice. Hundreds of people turned out to take part with many of them going the pre walk “Welcome Party” which live music from Kodachrome and hair styling provided by Pure Hair & Spa of Four Oaks. Preparations are already underway for next years “Safari Solstice Walk” and you book your place by clicking the link

Pictures courtesy of St Giles Hospice and Pure Hair & Spa


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