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A Jolly Good Jaunt
29th Oct 2017
The Jolly Good Jaunt is back for 2017!
Posted on June 13th 2017

After a triumphant success last year, Hospiscare’s Jolly Good Jaunt, a sponsored walk starting and finishing at The Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, is back on Sunday 29th October.

To launch this event, Steve from The Deer Park collected Hospiscare patient Brian Mills and his Volunteer Care Navigator David Woodward, treating them both to a trip in one of the hotel’s classic cars, a Packard V12. Brian, a keen car enthusiast, thoroughly enjoyed the journey which was followed by tea and cake with his family at The Deer Park.

Brian, Dave and Brian's family

Brian’s daughter speaks movingly about her father’s Care Navigator: “Although Dave has not known Dad for long it feels like we have always known him. He is an easy and nice person to talk to, having him around has given us a sense of comfort and peace of mind at a very difficult time.”

People living with a life-limiting illness sometimes need a helping hand to achieve what is important to them. Volunteer Care Navigators enable our patients to live well at home within their own communities by offering emotional and practical support, helping patients as they navigate their local health care and social services.

The funds raised from the Jolly Good Jaunt at The Deer Park will support Kings House in Honiton, and allow Hospiscare to provide much needed additional care services within the community, including the training of more Volunteer Care Navigators to extend the successful scheme.

The Jolly Good Jaunt is a 7.5 mile sponsored walk from the Deer Park Country House Hotel through the breath-taking beauty of the autumnal East Devon countryside and it’s never too early to sign yourself up for it. Catch the Early Bird offer of £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s before the 20th August.

Last year's Jolly Good Jaunt walkers

This year, for those with little legs, there will be a new Children`s Nature Trail within the grounds of the Deer Park, full of activities and treats. The cost is £10 each for under 14s, and £5 each for accompanying adults. Spaces are limited and can be booked by calling 01392 688020. Whether you sign up for the Jolly Good Jaunt or the Children’s Nature Trail, your entry fee will include lunch upon completion.

Without the essential funds that these events raise, the important work of Hospiscare in caring for local patients and their families would be impossible.

For a walk to remember, and to help make lasting improvements to local people’s lives, join the Jolly Good Jaunt today.

To learn more about the event and to sign up visit or call the Fundraising team on 01392 688020.


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Why Allyson will be going on a Jolly Good Jaunt again this October
Posted on August 22nd 2017

After last year’s success, this year’s Jolly Good Jaunt will be held on the morning of Sunday 29th October. It is a 7.5-mile sponsored walk from the Deer Park Country House Hotel through the breath-taking beauty of the autumnal East Devon countryside.

Allyson Fitzgerald and her daughter Emily took part in the Jolly Good Jaunt for the first time, last year. Her husband Mick had been cared for by Hospiscare before he passed away in 2013.

Both Allyson and Emily found the 2016 Jaunt to be a very positive experience: “We both enjoy walking and thought it would be a great way to explore some of our lovely countryside,” she recalls now. “When we arrived at the Deer Park, we were greeted by a Hospiscare volunteer who pointed us to the stalls and to the start of the walk.  There were lots of people already meeting up with friends and the atmosphere was very friendly. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We were directed by some lovely, helpful volunteers and it was great to be able to get out into the countryside, where we wouldn't have ventured on our own.”

Last year's Jolly Good Jaunt

Of course, as fun as the walk was, Allyson had serious motives for going: “My main reason for taking part is that I thought it was a really good way to give something back to Hospiscare, who had been so wonderful to my husband Mick and our family,” she explains.

"The first time Mick met a Hospiscare nurse, who came to see us when he was still feeling pretty well and was very mobile, he commented on how positive the visit had been and how we were encouraged to get on with our lives. When Mick became poorly we had a wonderful nurse, Stella, who was so understanding, patient and very calming. She and Mick got on really well and it made such a difference when his illness progressed.” 

Some things about Hospiscare surprised her: “Before Mick was taken ill, I had not realised that Hospiscare was a local charity,” she says, “and not a service that was provided by the NHS.  I was also surprised by the facilities and services that Hospiscare could offer.  Now that my family have received such a lot of help and support from Hospiscare I think it is a wonderful charity for such a worthwhile cause. I would just like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped us all through the most difficult of times.”

She adds: “I will definitely be signing up for the Jolly Good Jaunt this year and I am hoping that some of my work colleagues will join me.” 

Do you want to join Allyson and take part in this year’s Jolly Good Jaunt? To learn more about the event and to sign up, click here or call the Fundraising Team on 01392 688020. 

Local Support ensures Jolly Good Jaunt could be the Jolliest Yet
Posted on September 22nd 2017

The Jolly Good Jaunt on Sunday 29th October will again give walkers the opportunity to take part and raise vital funds for local charity Hospiscare.

The continued success of the Jolly Good Jaunt owes much to the generous support of local businesses and groups including the Deer Park County House Hotel for the splendid venue, the Honiton Agricultural Association for the use of their showground, Denhay Farms, Devon Hog Roast & Tesco Honiton for the delicious lunch. Go Outdoors in Exeter are kindly allowing a 10% discount to walkers who produce their registration letter.

Tesco Honiton have always played a massive part in promoting and supporting the Jaunt since its inception & this year are looking to enter of team of 30 staff members.


Jolly Good Jaunt walkers take to the woods

“The Tesco Honiton team are personally very proud of the work we have done for Hospiscare. We see the Jolly Good Jaunt as a staple of our community work, we look forward to it every year, says Duncan Sheridan-Shaw manager and local councillor.

Entering for the first time this year are the staff members at the new Premier Inn and their dogs. Within this team is Jen Beckenham, who has already demonstrated her enthusiasm for the charity by sky diving 15,000ft!

For those that can't quite manage 7.5 miles, there is a new Jolly Good Nature Trail, offering children fun activities, giving the opportunity to explore and learn about nature. Entry to the Nature Trail is £10 per child (age 5-13 years) and £5 for accompanying adults. Spaces are limited and it is recommended you book your time slot in advance by calling 01392 688020.

Having completed either the jaunt or the nature trail, the Moonshine Serenaders, a novelty jug swing band, will entertain whilst everyone enjoys a well-deserved lunch. To take part, clikc on the link below: 

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Jolly Good Jaunt a vital boost to Kings House
Posted on October 11th 2017

Walkers enjoy the Jolly Good Jaunt event

This year’s Jolly Good Jaunt is fast approaching on Sunday 29th October. The sponsored walk is guaranteed to be lots of fun and for a very good cause. Much of the money raised will go towards funding the services at Honiton`s Kings House day centre.

The role provided by Day Care is invaluable. Operating on a Tuesday and Thursday, the centre enables patients to take part in a range of activities including crafting and chair-based exercises, a freshly cooked lunch (with veg grown from the garden) and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of different guest speakers and entertainment.

On alternate Wednesdays, a support group is in place for discharged Day Care patients as and when they require further support. A joint carers’ partnership, the Hospiscare and Honiton Carers’ Support Group also meets every Wednesday either at Kings House or at the Methodist Church. The Clinical Nurse Specialists are now offering outpatient appointments at Kings House and the Community Nurse cluster team for East Devon are based there. And more is to come. In January 2018 a Motor Neurone Disease outpatient clinic will start and a weekly pop-up café is planned.

Kings House in Honiton is a Hospiscare Day Centre

The family of the late Reg Chown have particularly warm memories of how Reg was treated by the hospice:

“(He) attended Kings House every Tuesday until just before he passed away in May,” one family member recalls. 

“The hospice was a great support to him and us. He often come home with photos of the activities they had been up to… Our family have both volunteered and walked the Jolly Jaunt for the last two years and will do so again this year. It is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Walk the dog if you have one and get a hog roast at the end as a way of saying thank you to a great charity!”

Click here to enter the Jolly Good Jaunt

What Ho, the Jolly Good Jaunt is nearly here!
Posted on October 23rd 2017

Walkers at a Jolly Good Jaunt


The wait is almost over. The hour is very nearly at hand.

Sunday will see this year’s epic 7.5-mile Jolly Good Jaunt walk from the Deer Park Hotel through the breath-taking beauty of the autumnal East Devon countryside. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

It’s still not too late to sign up.

Advance bookings including online registration ( close at midnight on Tuesday 24th October but you can still sign up on the day itself with entry being £20 for adults and £10 per child.

The NEW nature trail consisting of a scavenger hunt, nature bingo, crafting and storytelling all within the Deer Park grounds, is only £10 per child and £5 per accompanying adult. Wellies are highly recommended for the Trail. Everyone whether Jaunting or Nature Trailing will receive a Hog Roast from midday onwards.

Ginny Tilly has signed up for the Jaunt as one of 60 walks she's undertaking to celebrate her 60th birthday.

Ginny Tilly prepares for the Jolly Good Jaunt“I had been wondering how to celebrate turning 60 this year,” she says. “I had the idea that what I would really love to do was 60 walks over the year with friends and family, which also had the benefit of being a way to get fitter for body and mind... So far I have done 38 walks…

When I saw the Hospiscare leaflet promoting A Jolly Good Jaunt, I immediately decided to take part.  Not only would it be a beautiful walk in an area I don`t know, but it was for a charity I have a lot of respect for.  I've been lucky enough not to have had direct help from the charity myself, but I have friends who have said what a huge difference was made by the support they received from Hospiscare both for them and for their loved ones in their final days.”

If you want to sponsor Ginny, visit her online fundraising page.

Click here to join the Jolly Good Jaunt 

Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing free, high quality care and support to people with any type of terminal illness, and those close to them, in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.  A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity in Devon for generations to come.

Hospiscare Heroes - Jolly Good Jaunt Special
Posted on November 2nd 2017

A jolly good morning was had by all our jaunters and nature trailers who joined us at the Deer Park Country House Hotel on Sunday. Well done to everyone who took to their heels and enjoyed the Autumn sunshine within the beautiful surroundings of the East Devon countryside.

Many thanks goes out to The Deer Park Country House Hotel for once again providing the stunning venue and refreshments, to the team at Hog Roast South West for giving their time in cooking and serving the pork, which was kindly donated by Denhay. Thanks also to Thomaz from Coffee-Bike.comTesco Honiton also gave great support by not only donating the bread rolls for the hog roast, but entering a team and raising a fantastic £500! Much appreciation also goes to Tesco in Axminster who donated the walkers’ water.

We are also grateful to the 70+ amazing volunteers who gave their time to enable this event to take place. They included a team of marshals from Otter Valley Rotary Group, the Honiton Roundtable who swept the route collecting the signage and the Honiton Fundraising Support Group who ran the raffle.

The walkers and nature trailers were entertained by accordion player Jaime Gill, The Moonshine Serenaders jug band, Rupert Ballantynes with his frog racing (not real ones!) and Clive PiG the storyteller.

Special thanks also go to our volunteer photographers Shaun and Mike, who once again produced some amazing images.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the day and either made a personal donation or raised sponsorship. The cash is being counted and a total will be announced at the end of the month.

For those currently collecting sponsorship, you can pay this into any of our shops, Kings House Day Centre or you can send us a cheque made payable to 'Hospiscare', to Hospiscare, Searle House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ. However you pay your sponsorship in please ensure you hand across your fully completed sponsorship form to allow us to claim the Gift Aid.

Don't forget to get your money paid in before Tuesday 28th November when our top fundraisers draw will take place. If you have individually either raised or donated £80 or over you could be in with the chance of winning a 3 course Sunday lunch for two at the Deer Park Country Hotel.

For those of you who took part, your feedback is important to us and therefore we would really appreciate it if you could answer the following 6 quick questions about the Jolly Good Jaunt by clicking on this link :-

From Hospiscare: A Jolly Big Thank You For A Jolly Good Jaunt!
Posted on November 13th 2017

Jolly Good Jaunt Walkers

Hospiscare would like to take this opportunity to formally thank everyone who took part in this year’s Jolly Good Jaunt on Sunday 29th October. The end result was not only 'jolly good' but a rip-roaring, resounding triumphant success! Thanks to everyone: walkers, sponsors, volunteers and entertainers alike.

Particular thanks go out to The Deer Park Country House Hotel for again providing the picturesque venue. Thank yous aplenty also go to Denhay, Tesco Honiton, Tesco Axminster and Hog Roast South West for their invaluable assistance in both providing and preparing refreshments.

We are also grateful to the seventy or so hardworking volunteers, who included the team of marshals from Otter Valley Rotary Group, the Honiton Roundtable and the Hospiscare Honiton Support Group.

Also, thanks for the assorted entertainment and music provided by Jaime Gill, The Moonshine Serenaders, Rupert Ballantyne and Clive the Storyteller.

Last but certainly not least, we offer our heartfelt thanks to the Jolly Good Jaunters themselves who donned their tweeds, collected sponsorship and who together made this such a fantastic and memorable day. Thank to you all. We could not have done it without you.

Nathan Hannay, who took part in the Jaunt and set up an online fundraising page, said he took part in the event “to remember his father-in-law Tony and show support to Hospiscare who helped the whole family through a difficult time in their lives”. Nathan set himself a target of £100 and has raised an impressive £250 online.

With much of the sponsorship money still be collected, it is anticipated that £15,000 will be raised to support the patients and their families within the local community.

If you took part in the Jolly Good Jaunt you can hand your sponsorship money in to any of the Hospiscare shops or Day Hospices, or call 01392 688020 to ask about other paying in options.


Event location

Take the A30 signposted to Honiton/London. Take the slip road at Patterson Cross signposted Fairmile, Fenny Bridges and Feniton. At the T-junction turn right signposted Fenny Bridges and Fairmile. At the next T-junction turn left, signposted Fenny Bridges. Go through the village of Fenny Bridges under the old iron bridge, under the new bridge and then take the left-hand road to Weston. At the T-junction by the bridge turn right into Weston Village then turn left at Weston Cross to Buckerell. Turn left after approximately 200 yards into the Deer Park drive.