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16th Mar 2019
The Hospiscare Men’s Walk: back for 2018
Posted on January 5th 2018




Put your best foot forward! Don’t delay and sign up for the Men’s Walk 2018!

The 2017 event was a sell-out success, so would-be walkers are being urged to sign up as soon as possible so as not to miss out on a place on this year’s walk.

The walk, which will take place on Saturday, 17 March in Exeter, will follow a new 7-mile route starting and ending at the Double Locks canal-side pub. To keep spirits high there will be live entertainment and refreshments along the way.

Following the walk, participants will enjoy a pint and a pasty and settle into our newly enlarged marquee to watch – fittingly, on St Patrick’s Day – England play Ireland in the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Watching the rugby at Men's Walk 2017


Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “This year’s Men’s Walk was so popular that places sold out, so we’re encouraging everyone to sign up early for next year’s event. In fact, if you sign up before 9 February we’ll enter your name into a draw with the chance of winning tickets to an Exeter Chiefs game at Sandy Park.

“The 2018 Men’s Walk promises to be our best yet, and it would be fantastic if we could beat this year’s total raised. Some 650 amazing walkers raised the huge sum of £42,000 to support Hospiscare’s work.

“Whatever our walkers achieve, they can be assured of a great time. The walk always generates tremendous camaraderie, and past years’ walkers tell us that it’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Men's Walk 2018 in Exeter


“Sign up now for the Men’s Walk 2018 by clicking here, or by calling Hospiscare’s fundraising office on 01392 688020. Facebook users can join the Men’s Walk event on the Hospiscare page for updates on plans for what’s set to once again be a great ‘make a difference’ day,” Sharon added.

Men’s Walk is kindly sponsored once again by Wilkinson Grant.

Click here to sign up

Hospiscare provides free, specialist care for adults with any kind of terminal illness, and support for their carers and families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.  A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity for generations to come.

A little ask brings big rewards for Jack
Posted on January 16th 2018

Jack Carter at the Men's Walk 2017

When Jack Carter, age 76, saw a Hospiscare Men’s Walk 2017 leaflet at the Citizens’ Advice Exeter office, he was keen to sign up. The Men’s Walk would go from Double Locks to Turf Hotel and back again, and at the end there would be a pint and a pasty waiting along with a Six Nations Rugby game on the big screen. But Jack decided against joining in because he thought no one would sponsor him, and the whole point of the event was to raise money for local charity Hospiscare.    

Then, on a daily walk recommended by his doctor ever since a heart attack in 2006, he had a change of thinking.

Jack says: “I decided to do the Men’s Walk in memory of my wife, Jan. When Jan wasn’t getting better an oncology nurse at the RD&E recommended we get in touch with Hospiscare. Then our family doctor said ‘if you can keep Jan at home it’s far better’, so we made an appointment to meet a Hospiscare Community Nurse.”

Jack's Wife Jan Community Nurse Specialist, Janet Mackay, became the Carter’s regular Hospiscare Nurse, going to their home and helping Jack and Jan get through some very dark days, supporting them with medical issues and also lending a kind ear.

“The back-up was wonderful. Janet was so nice, she has a knack of getting you to open up and talk – it gets it off your chest. Jan thought she was wonderful too, although her name caused a lot of confusion in our house - too many ‘Janets’!”

So with the fond memories of both Janet and Jan, it was easy for Jack to change his mind and register for the Men’s Walk: “It was 8 miles, all on the flat. I thought ‘this’ll be a piece of cake’, and I would be doing it for my wonderful wife.”

But Jack was still worried about not knowing anyone to sponsor him and he’d never done any fundraising before. “So I jotted down the names of my friends and family and asked each of them ‘Will you please sponsor me?’ and told them why I was doing it, which went well. Then I asked at Citizens’ Advice Exeter where I volunteer and had such a good response. So many of my colleagues sponsored me that before I knew it I had raised £1,050!”

Jack says he enjoyed the Men’s Walk immensely: “I felt proud to raise so much money for my wonderful wife – it’s a very, very good cause. Not only that, I somehow teamed up with another walker who was about my age, so I made a friend on the day too!”

Jack at the Men's Walk in 2017

There is such a variety of people supporting Hospiscare, Jack Carter is one of many special people who help keep the services running and developing.

To sign up for this year's Men's Walk on 17th March, click on the link below:

Sign up for the Men's Walk 2018

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.


Walking guru and five-time Olympian helps out at charity Men’s Walk
Posted on January 25th 2018

With spring just round the corner, local charity Hospiscare is preparing for their popular annual Men’s Walk, which last year was a sell-out event.  The seven mile loop sets off from the Double Locks pub in Exeter on Saturday 17th March.  This year the walk coincides with England V Ireland in the Six Nations, and St Patrick’s Day. After the scenic route is completed walkers can look forward to watching the game on big screens whilst enjoying a pint, pasty and party atmosphere. 

An event like this involves a lot of volunteers to ensure it runs smoothly, and amongst the helping hands this year is a local legend, retired race walker and Major Championship athletics commentator, Olympian Chris Maddocks.

Chris, 60 from Rackenford, Tiverton is part of an exclusive club, as only a tiny percentage of the world’s population get chosen to represent their country in the Olympic Games. An even smaller percentage get chosen to compete in five consecutive summer Olympics - Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and finally Sydney 2000. Incidentally, it could have been six, but political issues prevented Chris from competing in the 1980 Moscow games.

The only man in British athletics to compete in five Olympics, and known as Mad Max to his friends, will be cheering on this year’s Men’s Walk participants when he volunteers as a marshal on the day.

Chris commented: “I don’t put myself above anyone else just because I’m an Olympian.  I am really happy to be helping on the day and will do whatever is required in a volunteering capacity.  I know people in our community who have been supported by Hospiscare and it’s a very worthy cause.

“This walk caught my eye last year but I couldn’t go because of a clash of dates.  So I am really happy to get along to it this year, I’ve been told it’s a great event.  The distance of seven miles is significant to me as it’s one of a few record times I set, which after many years remains unbroken.  I hold the UK All-Comers record of 45:26 for seven miles on the road and that was recorded back in 1986.  I also hold the British record of 3:51.37 for 50km, that was over 27 years ago now and is one of the oldest records still standing.”

As a youngster Chris had a tenacious attitude towards sport and from primary school age wanted to know how far he could run.  He did his first marathon at just 10 years old.  He cried when, at 13 years old, he was refused entry to the Tiverton Youth Centre 50 miler as he was deemed too young to do it.  He was allowed to join in when he was 14 and came fourth.  He subsequently did it every year up until he won it twice, aged 18 and 19.

Chris was a regular runner with Tiverton Harriers and ran for the county.  His first introduction to race walking was during his three years as a Tiverton sea cadet. Aged 14 he competed in multi-sport competition that included a one mile race walk which he won. A few weeks later he was late for a 1500 metres track race at Yeovil so got put into the men's 5000m walking race instead.  He finished 4th and was encouraged to start concentrating on race walking as his natural talent for it shone through.   

During his athletics career he never had the support or funding that professional sports men and women benefit from now.  He did his training on a shoestring budget and didn’t get the opportunity to train at altitude, which is the norm for endurance athletes these days.  But race walking gave Chris the opportunity to travel the world.  He met his personal hero, Muhammad Ali, the Queen and numerous other royals and celebrity sports people.

When asked what his most memorable race was, alongside the races where he set records or competed against the world’s elite athletes, Chris recalls the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

“Leading up to Sydney I was in the best shape of my life, but seven weeks before flying out I tore a buttock muscle and it wasn’t going to heal in time.  I have never dropped out of a major race, there was no one else qualified to take my place, and it was going to be my last Olympics so I went anyway.

“Right from the start of the 50km I was in trouble. I was really hurting, it was the hottest day of the games so far and I wanted to pull out. The whole race was the most painful and miserable experience. I was far behind the rest of the field and expected that when I got to the stadium everyone would have gone home.  But as I entered 100,000 people were waiting and the noise in the stadium was incredible.  I nearly fell to pieces, it was so emotional, my legs turned to jelly.  The crowd started to sing the Proclaimers ‘500 miles’ and it turned out be the most unexpected, amazing finish to my career.

“People told me afterwards how everyone was following my progress on the big screens and that my finish was the best moment of the entire games, which is an incredible thing.

“It catapulted me into the limelight for a time and I got treated like I’d won gold.  I got upgraded on the flight home and sat with some of the gold medallists in the VIP seats.  At Buckingham Palace there was a reception for the athletes and I was asked to lead a team of sports men and women and introduce them to the Queen. 

“Although I was the last man in that race and it took me nearly an hour longer than my qualifying time, the support and atmosphere in that stadium was out of this world.”

So what advice would Chris give to this year’s participants of the Men’s Walk?

“I’d say if you’re not used to walking, get out with the dog and go a bit further than you usually do as part of your training.  Eat sensibly on the day before you walk, get some carbs on board, drink plenty of fluids and enjoy the camaraderie.

“You’re doing the walk for an incredibly worthy cause, it’s not ultra-competitive and it’s got a reputation for being a really sociable occasion. It’s the sort of event where friendships are made.   The location is lovely and the sporty finish of watching rugby in the marquee at the end makes it feel like a big wedding.

“I’ll be happy to give out advice on the day if anyone wants a chat, and I’ll be cheering the boys on every step of the way.”

To join Chris in volunteering at this year’s Men’s Walk, or to take part, go to the website for further details.

Men’s Walk is kindly sponsored once again by Wilkinson Grant.

Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing high quality care and support to people with any type of life-limiting 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’s Men’s Walk 2018 - the biggest and best yet!
Posted on March 9th 2018

Sponsors gather at the Double Locks


Hundreds of men will be putting their best foot forward for Hospiscare this month in the 2018 Men’s Walk. Tempted by the promise of live entertainment along the seven mile route with a free pasty and a pint while they watch the England v Ireland Six Nations rugby afterwards, walkers have made this a sell-out event again.

Stalwart supporters of the Men’s Walk, Wilkinson Grant & Co, are once again the headline sponsors. Managing Director Roger Wilkinson said: “Wilkinson Grant & Co are delighted to sponsor the Hospiscare Men’s Walk for what is, for us, the fifth year in a row. In that time we are proud to have helped make the Men’s Walk such a great success and to become what is now - a fantastic community event that hundreds of people look forward to each year.

“Hospiscare do such valuable work benefiting so many people in our community and we are only too pleased to help them raise much-needed funds in such an enjoyable way. This year’s event is set to be the biggest and best yet – what better way to spend a day? Walk, beer, pasty and England – with a number of Exeter Chiefs – playing Ireland in The Six Nations!”

This year, local business The Exeter Brewery Ltd is kindly supplying the free pints. Alan Collyer, the brewery’s MD, said: “Both of my parents were looked after by Exeter Hospice and so I have seen first-hand what a fantastic job they do. As the owner of Exeter Brewery it’s a privilege to be in a position to help local causes and the Men’s Walk is a great way to raise awareness about Hospiscare and promote men’s health. What better way for us to support the event than to provide a free pint of Avocet or Ferryman for each of the guys as they finish their seven mile walk?”

Stalite Signs Ltd have again supplied the charity’s event promotional materials free of charge and entered a team of walkers and provided volunteer marshals. Managing Director Nigel Bolt said: “I didn’t give it a second thought when asked if I wanted to continue donating the promotional materials to Hospiscare. A great caring charity that deserves all our support.”

Chunk of Devon will once again be supplying their delicious steak and vegetarian pasties for the walkers, and local matchmaking service, Pi Society, are also supporting the event.

Hospiscare provides outstanding specialist care for adults with terminal illnesses, and support for their carers and families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.  A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity for generations to come.

Hospiscare Heroes - Men's Walk Special!
Posted on March 22nd 2018

This week's Hospiscare Heroes blog is a Men's Walk special! Thanks to everyone who was involved - the event couldn't happen without all this fantastic support. 

Team Wilkinson Grant


A huge thank you to headline sponsors Wilkinson Grant, who supported the event once again this year. 

Wilkinson Grant

A big thank to you Exeter Brewery for supplying the free pints. 


Exeter Brewery Pints


Thanks also to Chunk of Devon for supplying the pasties. 


Chunk Pasties for the Men


A big thank you also goes to Stalite Signs for support with promotion and signage. 

And to associate sponsors, Pi Society, for their support.  


Pi Society at the Men's Walk


And a massive thank you to the following businesses and individuals who helped make the day so special: 

  • The Woodmen for entertaining the men prior to the walk
  • Double Locks for all their support in hosting the event
  • Mill on the Exe for the meal for two raffle prize
  • CP Arts for the use of their car park on Alphin Brook Road
  • Tempo Media for producing a great account of the day under difficult weather conditions
  • Our marshals and event arena staff for braving the cold and snow
  • Richard and his session musicians for entertaining the walkers during the walk
  • Nationwide Event Medical Services for their first aid cover
  • The local shops and residents who supplied hot drinks to our marshals


Ambulance support at the Men's Walk


And of course, a HUGE thank you everyone who braved the snow and took part! 


Ice creams at the Men's Walk!


We love seeing all that you do for Hospiscare so, if you are planning on doing any fundraising, please direct message us on Facebook or email so that we can recognise your efforts. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Hundreds of men brave the snow for Hospiscare
Posted on March 23rd 2018

Men's Walk in the snow

Hundreds of men braved the plunging temperatures and snow flurries on Saturday to step it out in Hospiscare’s Men’s Walk 2018. Some 900 men – 250 more than last year – signed up for the challenge, making it Hospiscare’s most successful Men’s Walk ever.

Temperatures may have been low but spirits were high as the walkers set off from the Double Locks pub, while along the route they were buoyed by the enthusiastic support and encouragement of a team of stalwart volunteers. On return to the pub they settled down with a pasty and a pint to watch Ireland beat England to achieve the grand slam in the Six Nations rugby tournament.


Men's Walk 2018

Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “This year’s Men’s Walk has been our biggest and best yet, and we’re confident that the total raised will far exceed last year’s. It will be a massive boost for Hospiscare, enabling us to carry on giving our patients the personalised care they need and deserve – we are so grateful to all our walkers, and of course our hardy volunteers, for their efforts.

“We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors who have once again given us tremendous support: headline sponsors Wilkinson Grant & Co; The Exeter Brewery Ltd, who provided the pints; Stalite Signs Ltd, who supplied promotional materials for the event; and the Pi Society. Our thanks also go to Chunk of Devon, who provided the delicious pasties that helped warm up our walkers on their return.


“As in past years, there was tremendous camaraderie and lots of smiling faces even as the snow came down, but I think our walkers were glad to get back to the pub. We’ll be hoping for better weather for next year’s walk!”

Hospiscare provides specialist care for adults with any kind of terminal illness, and support for their carers and families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.  A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity for generations to come.


Fun at the Men's Walk


Men's Walk

Ice Creams at the Men's Walk

How to pay in your Men's Walk Sponsorship
Posted on March 23rd 2018

Men's Walk Sponsorship

Thanks so much for braving the snow and taking part in Men's Walk 2018! 

If you're wondering how to pay in your sponsorship money, here's how! 

  • Via the website - click here. On the dropdown choose 'I have taken part in a sponsorship event' and state the name of the event as 'Men's Walk 2018'. Also state here if you have a sponsorship form to follow via either the post or email (see *notes below).
  • Send us a cheque payable to 'Hospiscare' along with your completed sponsorship form to the below Freepost address.
  • Telephone the fundraising office (01392 688020) and make a card payment, sending your sponsorship form in via either the post or email (see*notes below).
  • Visit one of our local shops, Searle House, Dryden Rd, Exeter, EX2-5JJ, Kings House daycentre, Kings St, Honiton, EX4 1AB or Pine Lodge, Post Hill, Tiverton, EX16 4ND and hand your completed sponsorship form and cash across to a member of staff or volunteer. 

* Notes - If you choose to pay via our website or by calling the fundraising office, it is important that you also send us your completed sponsorship form as this allows us to claim a further 25% in Gift Aid donations! 
Please either scan and email your form to or send your form in the post to :- 
FREEPOST RTJT-YSLK-ASAA, Hospiscare, Searle House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ 
If you could note how and when you paid the money across (i.e. online/over the phone) which will help us tie the payment up to the form. 

Watch the Men's Walk 2018 video!
Posted on October 25th 2018

Click on the image below to watch the official Men's Walk 2018 video! 

Men's Walk 2018 Video

Feeling inspired? To find out about other Hospiscare events you could get involved in, click here

Hospiscare Men's Walk is back for 2019!
Posted on December 3rd 2018

Men’s Walk 2019: sign up at the Tap Room at Exeter Brewery on 16 December

Registration for Hospiscare’s Men’s Walk 2019 is now open! The popular Exeter event, which is taking place on Saturday 16 March, promises to be the best yet, with the opportunity to watch the England v Scotland game on huge LED in the Men’s Walk exclusive Hospiscare Six Nations bar.

Hundreds of men set off at Hospiscare's Men's WalkHundreds of walkers set off at the Men's Walk 2017

Past years’ Men’s Walk events have been a sell-out success, so budding walkers are advised to register early to guarantee a place. The event is once again kindly sponsored by Wilkinson Grant.

As before, the eight-mile route will start at the Double Locks canal-side pub and follow the picturesque riverside Exe Valley Way as far as Miller’s Crossing Bridge where it will cross the river and then return to the Double Locks. There will be plenty of entertainment and refreshment stops along the way.

On return to the pub the walkers’ efforts will be rewarded with a free pint and a hot pasty. Two marquees will be set aside for their exclusive use to watch the day’s Six Nations tournament matches on large LED screens. First up is the Italy v France match at 12.30 pm and then at 5 pm England play old rivals Scotland at Twickenham.

To avoid being disappointed, why not take the opportunity to sign up to the Men’s Walk with Hospiscare at their exciting launch event?

The Exeter Brewery, associate sponsor of Men’s Walk 2019, will be opening their fully licensed Tap Room and gift shop, giving would-be participants the chance to visit this fascinating location and sign up on Sunday 16 December between 1.00pm and 4.00pm.

Raising a pint at the Men's WalkRaising a glass at the Men's Walk 

The Leicester Tigers v Racing 92 game will be televised from 1.00pm. RFU referee Luke Pearce, who referees regularly in the English Premiership and at international level, will then be sharing his insights into a day in the life of a referee.

Walkers who register at Hospiscare’s launch event will automatically be in with a chance of winning tickets to an Exeter Chiefs game in the Early Bird draw.

Next year, Hospiscare aims to beat the record fundraising total of £62,000, raised by more than 900 walkers who showed their mettle by completing the walk in driving snow and sleet in March this year.

Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “This year, our amazing band of walkers smashed the 2017 fundraising total, raising half as much again and helping us to care for 700 patients living with a terminal illness and their families every day. It was a great ‘make a difference’ day, and it would be wonderful if we could beat the total again next year.

Walkers at the Men's Walk 2018Walkers brave the snow in 2018

“So, granddads, dads, sons, brothers, uncles and friends – get together and prepare to have a great time.” 

The camaraderie is always amazing, so don’t miss out, get signed up early.

“Don’t worry if you can’t make it to The Exeter Brewery on 16 December. You can register online at, or call Hospiscare on 01392 688020. Updates on the event are available on the Hospiscare Facebook page.”

Individual entry is £25 while a team of four is £80. All walkers (who must be aged 12 years or over) receive a Men’s Walk 2019 T-shirt, a pint (or soft drink) and a hot pasty.

Click here to sign up


Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing 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.

Event location

There's limited free parking at the Double Locks pub and at Bromhams Farm Playing Fields. We suggest that you car share and use either on-road parking in Marsh Barton, or the Matford Park and Ride.