Join us in Edinburgh

Starlight Walk is taking place on Saturday 20th November in Edinburgh.

You will be in the beautiful Holyrood Park walking under starlight remembering your loved ones whilst supporting Sands. On the darkest of nights, the stars shine brightest.  

With every step you take, and with every pound you raise, you are helping us create a legacy of hope and comfort, showing the world how much every baby is loved.

Event information

Date: Saturday 20th November 2021

Time: 3pm onwards

Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Adult registration: £8.50

Child registration: £5.00

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What you'll receive once you've signed up

As part of your Starlight Walk Edinburgh registration, you'll receive:

  • a paper lantern to carry on the Starlight Walk
  • LED candles for each of your lantern
  • a walking in memory card to wear with pride on your walk
  • Starlight Walk medal once you cross the finish line
  • Tea, coffee and cake at the post race reception
  • Opportunity to add to the Starlight remembrance wall inside Dynamic Earth on event day

Starlight Walk Edinburgh route

 

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The route starts at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth building. Once the pipers have played you’ll head down to Holyrood Park and walk clockwise round the famous Arthurs Seat. After a brief incline you will see the incredible views of Edinburgh City Centre, looking out towards Duddingston Loch. On your return you will be walking under starlight and will see the beautiful view of all your fellow Starlight walkers, lit up with their lanterns and torches. Once you’ve crossed the finish line we would love to welcome you back inside Dynamic Earth for tea and coffee.

So join us this Winter, remember those who are always loved and never forgotten. Sign up to Starlight Walk and be part of something with us. 

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Any questions?

If you have any questions you can read our FAQ's  below or you can contact us by emailing teamsands@sands.org.uk 

Where is the start line?

The meeting point for Starlight Walk Edinburgh is at Dynamic Earth. Inside will be an opportunity to add your baby’s name to our remembrance wall, buy items from our Sands shop and head to the loos before you set off on your Starlight Walk. The event site will be open from 2pm

Address: Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

What should I wear or bring?

Wear whatever you're comfortable to walk in. The route is all on pavements and fairly flat. There is a gentle incline at the start. Please wear comfortable trainers or walking shoes. The route is 6km so just be ready to complete your walk at a comfortable pace that you can enjoy talking with those you're walking with. 

We will be in Scotland in November so we would just suggest dressing to keep warm and dry. 

There will be teas and coffees provided afterwards, but there will also be the Dynamic Earth cafe available throughout for you to purchase drinks if you need them.

Will there be a bag drop?

No. We can't facilitate that at our venue and with covid guidelines it's not an option for us. Please bring what you can carry on your walk with you.

Can my friends and family join?

Anyone who completes the walk must sign up online and will need to register at the registration desk on the day. Friends and family are welcome to support you on the route by cheering near the start/finish line and come back into Dynamic Earth after you've completed the walk. 

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. They can join you on the walk but can't join you inside Dynamic Earth unless they are an Assistance Dog. 

How do I get to the event?

Click here for more information about how to get to Dynamic Earth

How much does it cost to sign up?

Adults: £8.50

Children: £5.00

Each person who signs up receives:

  • Lantern bag
  • Candles
  • Card of dedication
  • Medal at finish line
  • Tea, coffee and cake Dynamic Earth after they've finished

Do I have to fundraise?

When you sign your fundraising page will be created automatically. Any money you can raise as part of your Starlight Walk will make a  huge difference to us. Did you know £100 could provide memory boxes to 5 parents, helping them to create treasured memories of their baby?

How do I find my fundraising page link?

When you sign up, you will have a fundraising page link created as part of the process. You will be sent this in an email automatically. You can then log in, personalise your page further and share with friends and family to raise funds for Sands in Scotland. If you're having trouble finding that link you can contact our fundraising team by emailing teamsands@sands.org.uk 

Do the funds I raise go to families in Scotland?

Yes. Starlight Walk is taking place in Edinburgh so all funds raised will support the work we do in Scotland.

Will you be doing other Starlight Walks in other areas across the UK?

Yes, we hope so! This is our first year of hosting Starlight Walk in person. We hope to grow this event and visit other areas of the UK as soon as possible

I have a question that's not been answered

We're sorry we haven't been able to answer our question so far. Please email us using teamsands@sands.org.uk and we'll be able to help

I can't make the 20th November but still want to take part

That's okay, you can take part in Starlight Walk at home. To do that just register via this link for our virtual Starlight Walk. 

Are the lanterns you're using environmentally firendly?

The lanterns are manufactured from rice or copy paper of different grades (g/m2), reusable, 100% biodegradable and totally compostable. You might choose to keep yours in a memory box or as a keepsake, or to compost it. We discourage the use of floating lanterns for this event.

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