St. Vincent’s Hospice has announced that they’ve had to cancel their annual Step Up event due to a lack of public interest.

The sponsored walk was scheduled to take place on Sunday 1st September at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch.

Commenting on the cancellation, Fundraising Manager for St. Vincent’s, Carol-Anne Lamont, said: “For the last two years, Step Up has been one of our most popular events, and we were once again looking forward to welcoming you all to join us for a beautiful walk in a couple of weeks’ time.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our Fundraising team and some wonderful supporters, there simply hasn’t been the public interest or signups for this event to make it possible to go ahead.

“Events like Step Up, not only require time and effort from our staff and volunteers, but we also have to consider the costs of running this event. As a local charity, we have a responsibility to make sure that every penny is used to ensure we are offering the highest possible standard of care to our patients and their families. Sadly, in this instance, this event is not able to go ahead.

“We know some of you will be very disappointed, and want to thank everyone who had already signed up. Members of the Fundraising Department will be in touch shortly, or alternatively you can contact us directly on 01505 705 635.”

Not to be disheartened, the Hospice are keeping the spirit of the event going, with a new Step Up Challenge asking can you walk 30 miles in September? By walking just one mile every day from Sunday 1st until Monday 30th September, St. Vincent’s are challenging the community to Step Up all through next month, encourage people to sponsor you and support the Hospice.

Carol-Anne, added: “While we know some of you will be disappointed that the traditional Step Up event will not be going ahead, we are really excited at this opportunity to try something new, to capture the energy and enthusiasm we know that so many of you have for our Hospice!

“Will you Step Up for St. Vincent’s in September? By encouraging your friends and relatives to sponsor you, you can not only help raise vital funds for our Hospice, but get more fit and active in the process!”

For more information visit St Vincent’s Hospice on Facebook at: or contact the Fundraising Team at 01505 705 635. You can also request a sponsor form or support materials.