Lewis-Manning Hospice is inviting people to join them on Sunday 21st September for a one mile walk through Bournemouth Gardens. Sounds easy?

Well, there is a slight twist! The Poole hospice, which offer free palliative care and support to over 650 local people year living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, is asking participants to think of others and put themselves in someone else’s shoes by wearing something on their feet that they wouldn’t normally wear. The event, sponsored by Yellow Buses, will begin at 2pm, leaving from the war memorial in Bournemouth Gardens and going to the pier and back.

The charity has suggested people wear anything from cloggs, stilettos (for the men) and skis to skates, football boots, clown shoes or any other crazy footwear and are urging people to post their shoe photos on its dedicated Facebook page using the hashtag #WalkAMileShoes, while also nominating their friends to get involved.

Maria Tidy, fundraising manager at Lewis-Manning, said, “I was originally going to do it wearing ice skates but as Lewis-Manning is so close to the sea, it seemed more appropriate to do it wearing a pair of flippers! I have also begun the nomination process, beginning with our male communications officer, who has agreed to take part wearing a fetching pair of purple stilettos.

The walk should be lots of fun and we can’t wait to see what people turn up wearing on their feet. We hope to see lots of people getting involved, particularly families, while dogs are also welcome, as long as they have the appropriate attire on their paws!

As well as having great fun, we also hope to raise some much needed funds for the hospice and highlight the work it does in transforming people’s lives. We hope that the walk will give people the opportunity to reflect and consider what those with a life-limiting illness go through because, as the saying goes, ‘You never really know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.’ “

Anyone interested in taking part can register by visiting the Facebook Page or the website and can also set-up a fundraising page at or alternatively donate by text: Text WAMI14 followed by amount (i.e. WAMI14 5 for £5) to 70070.

For further information call the Fundraising Team at the hospice on 01202 708470.

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