• What is Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night? 

Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night is your way to still be a part of North Derbyshire’s biggest fundraising night of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, not least the way we come together as a community. And, while we can’t gather together at Chesterfield FC this year, we can still sparkle together in a new way. That’s why we’re asking you to register and walk, run, cycle or dance (but if you have any other exciting ideas, then please feel free to give them a go!) with us from 8pm on Saturday 19th September 2020. 

We’ll still provide you with your bunny ears, t-shirt and medal – but this year, you’ll decide on the challenge.  

  • I’m unable to Sparkle at 8pm but I would still like to take part on the day, can I? 

Yes, although we are encouraging people to do their challenge between 8 and 10pm, if you are unable to take part at that time then please do it at a time that suits you. We want as many people to be part of this year’s Virtual Sparkle, and it’s more important than ever for no one to miss out. 

  • Do I have to do my own 10km walk? 

Put simply, no! We‘re asking you to walk, run, cycle or dance. As long as it’s a challenge for you and  will inspire your friends and family to sponsor you, that’s fine! We also encourage you to think outside the box if you can and come up with other enjoyable, safe celebration activities!  

Whether it’s a 10k bike ride or a disco in your kitchen to up your step countjust make sure you wear those sparkly bunny ears and your special edition Virtual Sparkle Night t-shirt 

If you are undertaking a physical walk or run, please ensure you follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time. Please do not try and walk/run on any roads that are normally closed on the night. All roads will be fully open and we won’t have any marshals, first aid support or Ashgate Hospicecare staff/volunteers out on the night. If you are walking/running in a group then please take extra care, being aware of your surroundings at all times and ensuring you remain on pavements and use road crossings wherever possible.

  • When is the Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night? 

The Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night will take place on Saturday 19th September 2020 at 8pm. Join us on our Facebook page here for entertainment from 7pm to get the party started! 

  • Where does the Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night take place? 

It’s up to you! Please sparkle safely, responsibly and within your own fitness levelwhile following all social distancing guidelines in place at the time.

  • What time does it start? 

8pm (however, please remember that the party starts at 7pm on Facebook with live entertainment!) 

  • What time does it end? 

We will be encouraging you to share your finish line selfies on social media with the hashtag #TogetherWeSparkle at 10pm (or when you’ve finished your challenge) 

  • What will my £10 registration fee go towards?  

 Even though we aren’t putting on a physical event, you will still be receiving your t-shirt, bunny ears, sponsor forms, a fundraising pack and your medal. Your £10 will go towards covering the costs but it’s your sponsorship that will really make a difference to patients and their families across North Derbyshire. 

  • Now that we are allowed to go out to socialise at pubs and restaurants, why can’t the event take place in the format that it usually would? 

As we are hospice, we have to be extra cautious and make sure that we protect our patients, staff, volunteers and the wider community. Even though the government regulations have changed and it would seem that things are now more relaxed, we still have to be stringent in our approachThe rules surrounding mass gatherings are also still quite strict. Even though these may have changed by September, planning an event of this size requires months of work. So as a hospice, it’s important to us that we still put on Sparkle for you all in a safe but still exciting way! 

  • I already signed up for the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk 2020, do I need to register myself again for the virtual event?

You do not need to sign up again! However, we politely ask that you let us know whether you are still taking part via the survey link we’ve sent to your registered email address. All individual team members will need to do this to make sure no one is left out. By completing this form, we can ensure that all our sparklers receive their Virtual Sparkle pack and we are able to save resources where we can. If you haven’t received this email, please get in touch at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk.

  • I can no longer take part in this event, what do I need to do? 

If you can no longer take part, please do let us know so no resources go to waste. If you email set@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk well do everything we can to redistribute your fundraising pack to another participant. If you have collected any sponsorship money, please pay it in online here. We are currently restricting nonessential visitors to the hospice as well as to our Fundraising Hub at Hasland until further notice, so if you would like to pay in your sponsorship money in person, then please get in touch at events@ashgatehospicecareorg.uk to let us know. 

  • How much sponsorship money do I need to raise? 

There is no minimum sponsorship amount, but we’d encourage you to set yourself a target to add to your challengeBy fundraising for the hospice, you will be helping to ensure that Ashgate Hospicecare will be here for the future so that we can continue to support the people in our community who need us the most. 

We are trying to avoid people coming to the hospice to hand sponsorship money in so we would encourage you to raise money online.

Everyone who raises £100 or more and hands in their sponsorship money by November 16th 2020, will be entered into a prize draw to win an exciting prize.  

  • How will I go about raising sponsorship money due to the Coronavirus outbreak limiting what we can now do? 

Don’t worry, we have thought of some brilliant virtual fundraising ideas for you! There are still plenty of ways have some fun and raise some money for Ashgate Hospicecare whilst keeping safe. You will find a range of ideas in your fundraising pack, but as you won’t be receiving these until August, you can click here for some ideas in the meantime.  

  • Who can take part? 

Absolutely anyone! You’d usually need to be aged 11 or over to take part in our annual 10km walk. However, our Virtual Sparkle Night is the perfect opportunity to make this event your own and get the whole family together. All we ask is that you sparkle safely and responsibly following the guidelines in place at the timeHey, why not get your pooch involved too?! 

  • Can I undertake an activity on my own? 

We would advise you to complete your activity in pairs for your own safety. However, if undertaking an individual challenge outdoors, please plan all aspects of your activity beforehand and check in with a friend or family member before and after you have completed your challenge. Children must be supervised when undertaking activities and must get their parents/guardian’s consent before hand. Your safety remains paramount just as it would if we were holding the event in the usual way.

  • How do I set up a Just Giving page? 

 It’s quick and easy to set up a fundraising page on JustGiving. Visit our campaign page here, click on the “Start Fundraising” button and create your page. Job done! Your fundraising page is now set up and ready to accept donations. You can personalise your page and share it with your friends and family. If you need any assistance in setting this up, you can email us at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or give us a call on 01246 567250. 

  • How will I get my Sparkle T-shirt, Medal & Bunny Ears? 

Don’t worry, we know that these are an essential part of Sparkle. We’ll confirm details of how you’ll receive your fundraising pack soon. 

  • How will you bring the Sparkle atmosphere to life?  

We have some special surprises in store for the big night that we’re sure will help recreate that unforgettable Sparkle atmosphere from home – and with younger children and pets being able to get involved this year for the first timewe’ll do everything we can to make the evening as memorable as possible for the whole family. 

In fact, when you receive your Sparkle t-shirt you can decorate it however you like, which could include having a picture of someone you want to remember on the night. We have purposefully provided a large space on the back of your t-shirt for you to be able to do this and embrace why you are sparkling.  

  • When will I receive my fundraising pack? 

We’ll be confirming arrangements for fundraising packs to arrive in August soon so keep an eye on the email address you have registered with, our social media channels and this website for more details soon. 

  • Can I volunteer for this event? 

As this event is going virtual, there are fewer volunteering opportunities than usual, but we’ll be in touch with our registered volunteers in the first instance if this changes. The best way to get involved with Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night is to register for a pack, open a fundraising page and plan your fundraising activity. 

  • Is there a possibility that the event date could change again? 

The Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night is not expected to move to a different date and we’re working with our event partners to put on a night to remember! 

  • Now that lockdown is easing, why can’t the event take place in the format that it usually would? 

Safety is always the first priority of every event we run and, as a hospice, we have even more responsibility to our local community to protect our patients, staff, volunteers and supporters. Even though the government guidelines appear to be heading in the right direction, we still have to be stringent in our approach. The rules surrounding mass gatherings are also still quite strict. Even though these may have changed by September, planning an event of this size requires months of work. And, given your fundraising is more vital to us than ever, we believe this is the safest way we can all still sparkle together in 2020 and raise funds that are so vital to continuing our care for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families across North Derbyshire. 

  • Will the event return to its normal format next year? 

We really hope so! Safety will always be our first priority and we’ll always make sure we put on events that are safe and in line with government guidelines. The event will provisionally return next year on Saturday 10th July 2021. 

  • I have called but can’t seem to get through, are the phone lines currently not working? 

Yes, our phone lines are still working but they are extremely busy at the moment. If you can, please do contact us via email at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or send a message to our Sparkle Facebook page by clicking here. 

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can send a message to our Sparkle Facebook page or email us at events@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk and we will happily help!