After raising in excess of £100,000 for Hospiscare over the last three years, leading Westcountry solicitors Michelmores have once again gone the extra mile in support of the much respected local charity.
The Michelmores team raised over £5,000.00 for Hospiscare when they took part in the first Hospiscare Men's Walk which started and finished at Sandy Park, the home of the Exeter Chiefs.
The team, which comprised Tom Stenner-Evans, Andrew Lovell, Richard Cobb, Phillip and David Maddick, James Bartlett, Robert Coram, Ben Howels and Adrian Miller became the first to be presented with the Men's Walk Cup for raising most for the charity.
The funds were largely raised from colleagues, clients and contacts of the firm in memory of Adrian Miller’s brother-in-law, Ned Strouts, who died shortly before Christmas.
“Ned was only a few years older than me and had only just started his well-earned retirement when he was diagnosed,” said Adrian.
“The support from Hospiscare for him and for his family was consistently fabulous and enabled him to be at home and well cared for until the end.
“It was our pleasure, as well as great fun, to raise money to help Hospiscare continue its brilliant work.”
The walk was a huge success with more than 700 men taking part.
Everyone from a team of Morris dancers to a group of Village People lookalikes turned out to contribute in their own way.
ITV weather presenter Kate Reeves kicked off proceedings and the men were put through their warm-up paces by the Falcons cheerleading team from North Devon.
Those taking part were rewarded for their efforts with a welcome pint and pasty back at the ground whilst watching the England versus Ireland Six Nations game on the big screen.
Hospiscare fundraiser Jen Waldron, who was also one of the organisers, said she was delighted with the turnout.
"With this being our first men-only walk we didn't know exactly how popular it was going to be but it has exceeded all of our expectations," she added.
“The money is still coming in but I would like to thank Michelmores for their contribution and success.”