PR: Men’s Day Out 2024: Big-hearted march backs care that goes the extra mile


Big-hearted march backs care that goes the extra mile

A mass of big-hearted men will be marching through Plymouth on Saturday 6 April next year to support the compassionate end of life care St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides for local families at the toughest times in their lives.

Registration opens on 1 December for the hugely popular Men’s Day Out, an unmissable mix of miles, mates, memories and merrymaking that not only raises funds and awareness, but also opens the door to conversations about grief and bereavement.

This flagship annual event is one of the most popular and memorable happenings on the city’s calendar, with around 2,000 entrants signing up each year to march a 12km circular route, finishing with a pasty, a beverage, and a seat at the rugby.

Walkers and their generous sponsors bring in thousands of pounds each year to help fund St Luke’s invaluable hospice services for patients at home, in hospital and at the charity’s specialist unit at Turnchapel, 365 days a year.

Striding the streets together offers a unique camaraderie for those who have lost loved ones or are facing up to a terminal diagnosis in the family, while doing something positive and uplifting to support people in the local community.

Many take part to remember a friend or family member who was cared for by St Luke’s, and writing their loved one’s name on their official Men’s Day Out T-shirts helps to spur them on as they join the huge throng of men on the move.

Starting and finishing at Plymouth Albion RFC at Devonport, the event will kick off at 10am and follow a marked route through the city centre and along the waterfront, taking in Plymouth Hoe and the Barbican. Back at the rugby ground, walkers can enjoy a well-earned pasty and a beverage before witnessing our local boys in a clash with the Rams from Reading.

St Luke’s Head of Fundraising Penny Hannah said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Men’s Day Out will be striding ahead again in 2024, and so grateful for the loyal support of our sponsors JEM Scaffolding, and to so many of you who come back year after year to join in the fun, open your hearts and raise funds for St Luke’s.”

Registration for Men’s Day Out costs just £35, but that only covers the official T-shirt, refreshments, rugby ticket and event costs. It’s individual sponsorships and donations that really make a difference, and many entrants set themselves a fundraising target to tot up their total as they mark the miles.

Places are limited so it’s advised to register early for this well-loved event to avoid disappointment and to start rallying sponsors. Click here to find out more.