Get together with your family and friends and join us on our annual Sunrise Walk – every step you take will help make every moment count for bereaved families.

With two routes to choose from in a picturesque setting, anyone can take part – whether you’re an experienced walker or enjoy a stroll with your family and friends.

When: Sunday 4th June 2017 at 4:30am
Where: Riverside Pitches, Ham House, Richmond TW10 7RS
Distance: 10km or 20km

Now in its fifth year, the Sunrise Walk has so far attracted over 1,000 walkers who have raised an impressive £175,000. By taking part in the Sunrise Walk 2017 you can help us reach our target of £60,000 so we can continue providing a lifeline for parents, siblings and other family members who are coping with the devastating loss of a child.

The route

Our main 20km route will remain the same as previous years, and we now have a 10km route which is ideal for families with young children. The routes will take you past some stunning sights including Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace – what a way to start a Sunday morning!

Free Lantern

If you’re walking in memory and would like to hang a lantern on our Celebration Tree to light the start line, you can request this upon registration.

Celebration picnic

Friends and family are welcome to come and join you at the finish line where you will receive your medal at our celebration picnic. All medal holders are welcomed by Ham House to explore the gardens free of charge and use the facilities, including the café and shop.

Participants at the Sunrise Walk



Entry fees

Adult 10km – £15          Child 10km – £5
Adult 20km – £20          Child 20km – £5

Entry fees include:

• Shooting Star Chase T-Shirt
• Commemorative medal on completion of the walk
• Delicious breakfast
• Free Lantern on request at registration
• Fun games and activities at the celebration picnic, with food vans and refreshments!

All under 16s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Minimum age is 8 years old. Child fee is for under 18s.


Help us by fundraising to make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. With your dedication and commitment we are hoping to raise £60,000 from this event. In order to do this we hope that participants will commit to raising a minimum of £100.          Start fundraising with JustGiving

Participants at the Sunrise Walk

Start your fundraising today by setting up your fundraising page

For more information please contact or call 01932 823100.


We understand you might have lots of questions about the Sunrise Walk – hopefully the answers below will help but, if not, please get in touch with us.

How long will the walk take?

Most people will walk at a rate of 3mph. Depending on the route you pick, we anticipate the walk may take between 2 – 5 hours.

What happens if I can’t finish the walk?

If you feel that you are unable to continue with the walk you MUST either inform one of the event marshals along the route giving your name and walker number or call the emergency event number that will be provided in your joining instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure you can be collected by car from an appropriate point along the route.

Will there be anywhere to leave any valuables?

Unfortunately there will be no facilities at Riverside Pitches (Ham House) to leave possessions. We recommend you only bring essential items with you.

Will there be toilets en route?

Portaloos will be available at the start and finish line as well as on route. Details of this will be in the final joining instructions document.

Do I need to bring anything for my own safety?

We do recommend that you bring a fully charged mobile phone and extra water. The route will be marshalled and fully signed posted but we recommend you also bring along your walking instructions that will be sent to you in your final joining pack.

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear comfortable (worn in) walking shoes/boots and your Sunrise Walk t-shirt which will be sent to you in the post. The venue is outside so there will be no shelter so you are advised to bring some wet weather gear too or even a sun hat! The month of June can be wet but it can also be very hot. Layers are also good as you can put on and take off as needed.

I have a disability; can I still take part?

The majority of the route will be on pavements, some parts of the route will be along the towpath and paths within Richmond Park which may be uneven, muddy and not suitable for some wheelchairs or pushchairs. If you have any questions about the route please do call us.

How old do I need to be to take part?

All under 16s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of the walk. Minimum age is 8 years old.

Can we walk as a group?

Yes, groups are very welcome however we do recommend you pre-register to save time on the day. You don’t need to tell us that you are walking as a group if you don’t want to. It will be easy to find each other and walk together as a group on the day.

Can I bring my family and friends to support me?

Of course! Supporters are welcome at the beginning and/or end of the walks; it’s great to have some familiar faces to give you that vital bit of encouragement and support just when you need it most. They may also want to support you at a particular point along the route. Please advise them to look at the route maps.

Can I bring pets?

We are pleased to advise that we can accommodate dogs on the walk. Please let us know when registering if you intend to bring a dog on the day. Your pet is your responsibility for the entire walk, must be kept on a lead at all times and any mess cleared away.

Do I have to raise a certain amount of money?

We suggest you set yourself a fundraising target of £100. Last year our walkers exceeded the fundraising target and raised on average £240 per person!

Can I hand in my sponsor money on the day?

Yes, we will be able to accept sponsorship money on the morning. Please hand this to the staff on the registration desks and place any cash or cheques into a sealed envelope with your name and contact details on the front. Please note on this occasion receipts will not be issued.

I don’t want to walk, but would like to help, how can I get involved?

We rely on volunteers to help make our events such a success. You can get involved on the morning by helping with registration, refreshments, T-shirts, car park marshalling and marshalling along the route. To register your details please email

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you on the day!

Find out all the information you’ll need to know about the Sunrise Walk including useful downloads to help you with your training and fundraising.


A4 poster
Download and share with your friends. Why not help us spread the word by popping one up in your local cafe or walking shop?

10km and 20km route maps
You can view and download the route maps onto your mobile or GPS handset, perfect for those training walks.

Fundraising pack
The more money you raise the more we can do to help the families we care for to make the best of the time they have together. We have lots of ways to help you fundraise.

Training advice and tips

Sponsorship form
Get your friends and family to pledge their support!

Social media
Display these as your cover photos to show all your friends your support for Shooting Star Chase!

Use Create, the simple and easy tool that helps you create bespoke materials to help promote your support of Shooting Star Chase in this years Sunrise Walk. Simply pick the Sunrise Walk A4 poster template under the sporty fundraising section and personalise it to your activity or event and in just a few minutes your lovely creation will be delivered straight to your inbox ready to email, print, tweet or share!

Participants at the Sunrise Walk