Sheffield’s iconic Night Strider virtual challenge is set to return this year, inviting participants to embark on a month-long journey of activity and community engagement throughout October. Sponsored by Pricecheck and Gripple, this annual event aims to raise essential funds for patient care at St Luke’s, Sheffield’s sole hospice.
Night Strider challenge
Over the past decade, Night Strider has played an instrumental role in generating over an astonishing half a million pounds for the hospice. In a landscape where just 30% of St Luke’s funding is derived from government sources, this financial support significantly aids in sustaining the provision of vital assistance to local individuals and their families.
With the unique aspect of an entire month to accomplish the miles, participants have the freedom to choose their preferred activity, rendering Night Strider a truly personalised experience. As participants embark on this challenge, they concurrently raise critical funds for St Luke’s patients and their families, embodying the hospice’s core values of care and compassion.
The diversity of the challenge is a highlight, catering to various interests and demographics. Families can involve their children during the half term with the #LittleMiteStrider initiative, which encourages young ones to take part. Early risers can join the #BrightStrider category, where the timing of steps is flexible. Embracing the Halloween spirit, the #FrightStrider option encourages participants to walk while trick-or-treating, adding a spooky twist to the challenge. For those seeking to reconnect with friends and family, the #ReuniteStrider category provides an opportunity to do so while contributing to a meaningful cause.
Connection and remembrance
However, the significance of Night Strider goes beyond personal achievement and collective engagement. The challenge allows participants to commemorate loved ones through their efforts, fostering a sense of connection and remembrance.
Debbie Harrison OBE, joint managing director at Pricecheck, expressed her commitment to supporting St Luke’s Hospice, saying, “St Luke’s Hospice is a local charity we’re proud to continually support… Our team loves a challenge, and a virtual one is no different!”
Kevin St Clair, UK managing director of Gripple, echoed this sentiment: “We’re really proud to be sponsoring the Night Strider event… We encourage everyone to get involved and make this year’s event another great success for St Luke’s.”
Participation is open to all, with free registration available. Participants are encouraged to rally sponsorship and raise a minimum of £50 to join the challenge. Returning participants are urged to don their previously acquired Night Strider t-shirts as part of St Luke’s ongoing efforts to minimize environmental impact.
St Luke’s Hospice
Night Strider is just one of the numerous fundraising events orchestrated by St Luke’s Hospice in the coming months. Every step taken during these endeavours contributes significantly to sustaining the hospice’s mission of aiding patients aged 18 and above who are grappling with terminal illnesses, alongside the provision of support to their families.
St Luke’s Patient and Family Services plays a pivotal role in extending holistic care and support. Services encompass physical and occupational therapy, creative therapies, spiritual guidance, bereavement support, and more – all offered without charge to beneficiaries.
To be a part of the 2023 Night Strider Virtual Challenge, individuals can sign up at www.nightstrider.co.uk.
As St Luke’s continues to illuminate the path towards compassionate care, it stands as a beacon of hope and support for individuals and families navigating the challenging terrain of terminal illnesses and beyond. For more information about the hospice’s initiatives, visit the St Luke’s website.