Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends held their first Culture Crawl to raise funds for their centre in Nottingham City Hospital.
On Friday 4th September 85 people and 2 dogs set off into the night from the Centre and walked 9 miles exploring cultural, architectural and artistic delights along the way. The crawlers were treated to snacks from Memsaab at the New art exchange and whilst walking through the forest were entertained by Next Door Dance, they then embarked on a historical tour from the Woolly Tellers around the castle before having their photo taken with Maid Marian, Robin Hood and Friar took.
The walk then took them onto Trent Bridge Cricket Ground where cricket fans were privileged to receive refreshments in the members pavilion and finished in the Council House receiving pizza, pork pie, and relaxing massages from the Hairven Angels. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham was there to welcome the crawlers and present them with their medals.
Sue Pringle, who took part commented: “I decided to join the Culture Crawl to raise funds for Maggie’s, which I think is a very special sanctuary for people and their families dealing with the impact of cancer, one I understand.
“I liked that it was a walk rather than a run to show my support; it seemed more fitting somehow; calmer and more engaging.
“The event was sensitively organised, and applied the gentle approach that Maggie’s always takes as a support provider, to an event which anyone could join in with. We really enjoyed seeing Nottingham through refreshed eyes, and the breaks along the walk were very timely, and made us smile too. The nibbles were terrific as well, and the relaxing head massage at the finish was sublime!
“We will definitely recommend our friends to join us next year. We simply loved it.”
Each walker pledged to raise £100 and sponsorship money is still being collected.
Built in the grounds of the City Hospital Maggie’s Nottingham is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maggie’s Nottingham has been providing support for people with cancer and their family and friends, across the East Midlands for 3 years. The Centre, designed by Piers Gough was opened in 2011 by Sir Paul Smith.