Remember the date: Halton House provides backdrop to new hospice event

Halton House, near Wendover
Halton House, near Wendover
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A new charity event this summer will allow fundraisers the rare chance to stroll through the grounds of one of the area’s most striking landmarks.

Halton House, one of the ring of Rothchild mansions created by the banking family in Victorian times – others inclued Tring Park, Waddesdon Manor and Mentmore Towers – rarely opens its doors to the public.

But the building that is at the heart of the RAF Halton training complex will be the base for the 10km Walk To Remember event in July.

The walk is a new venture for Tring-based Rennie Grove Hospice Care, and has been set up to allow supporters to complete a sponsored walk in a peaceful and inspiring environment in memory of special people they have lost.

Walk To Remember will take place on Sunday, July 14, and will follow a 10km circular route starting and finishing in the grounds of the Halton mansion, and including a rest stop at the charity’s Memorial Woodland in nearby Wendover.

Used recently as a location for both worldwide movie hit The King’s Speech and TV period drama Downtown Abbey, Halton House is being made available by the kind permission of RAF Halton.

Squadron Leader Jamie Cameron said: “We really like the idea of the grounds of RAF Halton being used for a commemorative walk and are delighted to be able to welcome walkers and provide a beautiful and peaceful environment for them to enjoy and to remember special people in their lives.

“We fully recognise the value of the work that Rennie Grove Hospice Care does in our local community and are pleased to be able to support this new fundraising event for the benefit of local patients and families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness.”

There will be a rest and refreshment point for walkers at the Memorial Woodland, approximately half way around the route.

With music, a barbecue, other refreshments and family entertainment, this stop will also offer other family members the opportunity to join in with the activities and enjoy a chance for reflection and remembrance.

In addition to their entry fee, participants are being encouraged to raise money to help Rennie Grove meet the challenges of caring for an increasing number of local patients in the future.

This could be done by raising sponsorship for the walk or holding some fundraising events like a coffee morning or afternoon tea with delicious cakes or a summer BBQ or garden party.

To sign up for a place on Walk to Remember, go to www.walktoremember.co.uk.

Entry is £17 for adults, £7.50 for children between five and 16 years and is free for the under-fives.

Entry includes a T-shirt, water along the route and a special memory gift at the end.

For further information, visit www.walktoremember.co.uk or call 01442 820730.