Three hundred (300) walkers participated in this years Mountbatten Sunflower Walk held on Sunday 4 July on the Broadlands Estate at Romsey.   The event, which went ahead despite all the problems caused by the pandemic, was a great success and will raise thousands of pounds for Mountbatten Hampshire.   The Sunflower Walk is a flagship event for Mountbatten Hampshire, the local hospice providing expert end of life care and bereavement services for Southampton and west Hampshire.

After introductions from host Denis Bundy and a rousing warm-up Zumba session with Berni Wyse, walkers completed several laps of the course whilst being entertained by the Sweet Charity Choir Hampshire and the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band, ‘The Spitfires’.   The walkers were joined by Caroline Nokes MP, Cllr Neil Gwynne, Deputy Mayor of Romsey, and Mountbatten Hampshire CEO Nigel Hartley.  

Nigel Hartley, CEO of Mountbatten, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in our first major event as we emerge from the pandemic.   This last year has been challenging for us all.  At Mountbatten, our vital work caring for those living with death, dying and bereavement has continued as usual and with increased demand.  However, our usual fundraising efforts, which support our essential and growing work, have been curtailed and therefore it was so pleasing to see so many people turn out to support their local hospice and end of life care services.

“The beautiful grounds of the Broadlands Estate at Romsey make this a stunning location for the Sunflower Walk.  We’re so very grateful to Lady Mountbatten for permission to run the event at Broadlands.     We are also very grateful to our sponsors – Netley Court Care Home, Jonathan Terry Funeral Directors of Southampton, Drive Personnel, Owton’s Butchers, Right At Home Solent and Sunrise Senior Living.”

Fundraising is vital to ensure Mountbatten can continue its essential work for the dying and bereaved and it costs around £7m per year just to keep going:

  • £100 could provide a course of bereavement support sessions. 
  • £200 could give someone a day of personal care, helping them remain in the comfort of their own home. 
  • £250 could pay for a Mountbatten Nurse to be with a dying patient at home during the night.  
  • £350 could pay for a 24-hour stay in a bed on our hospice ward.

Although regular events are planned across our communities, Mountbatten Hampshire’s next flagship event is the ‘Light Up A Life’ service in mid-December where lights on the Christmas tree at the Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice will be switched on and candles lit in memory of all those who we love who have died.