George Michael tribute charity walkers raise over £9,000 for families

A group of dedicated George Michael fans held two charity walks on the 2 December and 7 April to celebrate the memory of George Michael, a past Rainbow Trust patron, raising an incredible £9,100 for families with a seriously ill child.

The first Round Here Walk, which took place in London in December, gathered together 55 walkers and another 97 virtual walkers who were following online. Helen, the walk organiser explains:

“We decided to raise funds for Rainbow Trust to continue all the good work George did when he was their Patron. As lifelong fans, we wanted to find a way whereby we could honour and celebrate not only his life, but all his acts of generosity. George always had a unique ability to bring people together, and connect with them in a deep meaningful and emotional way - the Round Here Walks harness the essence of that as we travel around London visiting some of the iconic places associated with him.”

The funds they have raised so far could pay for 395 hours of emotional and practical support for families with a seriously ill child, helping them make the most of their precious time together at home, in hospital or out and about in the community. It could also buy 206 memory boxes, giving the brothers and sisters of a sick child a way to capture memories of treasured times whilst providing much-needed emotional support.

We are incredibly grateful for the vital funds we receive from online Tribute Funds and Forever Funds, which ensure we can continue supporting families when they need it most. The group hope to raise an incredible £10,000 by George’s birthday on the 25 June.

If you would like to help them reach their fundraising total, you can, by visiting their tribute fund here.