Willen Hospice is calling on local people to join their All New Moo 2020 on 12 September, which will replace the Midnight Moo and Moo Night Run events.
The event, which is sponsored by Specsavers MK, has been launched as the usual Midnight Moo walk and Moo Night Run events can no longer take place in their usual format due to the social distancing restrictions.
The All New Moo is open to everyone, including families, and invites people to walk, run or even scoot a route of their choice from their own homes.
Participants can take on 5 or 10 miles, or even max their miles and go further.
Organisers are asking those who take part to gather sponsorship for their Moo. This will make a huge difference to the Hospice, which is facing a staggering loss in fundraising income due to the cancellation of their usual summer events and activities.
The team behind the new event will be recreating the unique atmosphere of the Midnight Moo by hosting a Zoom party between 8am and 6pm. Participants can log on and join in as they set off on their route, during it, and on their return.
A cheer point will be located in front of the Hospice gardens on Willen Lake, and everyone who walks past will receive a special cheer and some surprises from the charity’s fundraising team.
There will also be an opportunity to post a message on the special ‘memory wall’ that will be outside the Hospice grounds during the event.
Everyone who joins in will be asked to link to Strava so that their miles can be added to a grand Moo total.
Peta Wilkinson, Hospice Chief Executive said, “We’re so excited to be unveiling plans for our All New Moo. The Coronavirus has had a huge negative impact on us this year, and we were so disappointed when we realised we couldn’t offer our usual events for the foreseeable future. We know many look forward to our Midnight Moo every year, so I’m so glad that we now have an alternative for them to take part in.
“The care we provide for local people simply must continue. Events like the Moo will help us raise money to continue to deliver our care. I hope lots of families and friends will join us, albeit remotely, this year”
Steve Moore, Director at headline sponsors Specsavers MK, added, “We love supporting Willen Hospice through the Moo. We know how much work goes into planning such an event and we’re delighted that a Moo event can still happen in this revised format.
“The Hospice do an amazing job of supporting so many local patients and their families who are going through the hardest time of their lives. The Coronavirus has left a massive gap in their income this year, and I urge people to get on their feet and show their support by taking part in the All New Moo 2020.”
Entry to the All New Moo is £20 for adults (includes vest) and £8 for children under 14 (includes colour-in bib and goodies).
Anyone looking to take part can book online now at http://www.willen-hospice.org.uk/moo.