From Alpaca Picnics to Yoga and Darts Challenges, Hope Against Cancer Launch ‘Trail of Hope’ Weekend in June

Leading Leicestershire cancer research charity, Hope Against Cancer, has announced (today) their Trail of Hope community event weekend in June – and they’re inviting everyone to take part.

Taking place 9-11 June, the Trail of Hope will see over 30 participating venues and organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, present a widely varied weekend of ‘fun’-draising events and challenges, as well as special discounts and taster offers – all with the intention of promoting the work of this important local charity, which has helped bring excellence in cancer research and treatment to the people

Hope Against Cancer’s Chief Executive, Nigel Rose, comments: “2023 is a pivotal year for our charity, as we celebrate our 20th year of doing just what it says on the tin – delivering hope against cancer. Since 2003, the funding we have raised has helped our incredible team of researchers, nurses and volunteers conduct over 100 original research projects and deliver over 30,000 patient sessions at our world-class Hope Cancer Trials Centre.

“The Trail of Hope weekend allows us to tell some of our many success stories from the work that takes place every day here in Leicester, in partnership with our local universities and hospitals. We can have fun doing it, too, via the variety of events taking place across the weekend, throughout the city and county, where people can come and help us in our work fighting cancer right here, right now!”

With 30+ venues taking part in the Trail of Hope weekend – and more continuing to join – there is something for everyone, no matter how active you wish your support to be. This includes a session run by the team behind Cosby Yarn Bomb, where you can create your own self-portrait; Soca Dance classes at 2Funky; a cricket challenge and competition at Sixes Indoor Cricket; beginners climbing classes at Social Climbing; free taster passes at BFT gym; and a very special 20-lap walk around the Tigers stadium – including a free bottle of beer as a reward!  Plus, many more highlights.

Another venue taking part is Maggie’s Farm in Markfield, which is a rescue sanctuary for alpacas. Maggie Kingsbury-Smith comments: “Being a cancer survivor myself, the Trail of Hope weekend was something I jumped at to support. Over the 9-11 June, I am welcoming visitors to Maggie’s Farm to get up close and personal with my herd of beautiful alpacas – and their new cria (babies)! Spending time in the field with ‘the girls’ is incredibly cathartic and healing – they are the gentlest of souls.  To celebrate the Trail of Hope weekend, we’ve created a special ‘Afternoon Tea with the Alpacas’ picnic experience, where you not only get to enjoy some gorgeous home-baked teatime treats for yourself, but also spend time with the alpacas.  All proceeds will go to Hope Against Cancer, too.  If you’re inspired, you can even ‘adopt’ an alpaca, too.”

Also, taking part in this campaign is Brian Saund, co-owner of Leicester BFT; “Having been treated for stage 4 cancer at Leicester Royal Infirmary, I know how important it is for businesses to support charities such as Hope Against Cancer. My own battle with cancer is what led me on a journey to working in the health and fitness industry, recognising how important it can be to your wellbeing. BFT is happy to be a part of the Trail of Hope weekend and we look forward to welcoming people to join us for a class.”

To find out more about the Trail of Hope weekend and for full information on participating venues, please visit

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