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30th Sep 2018
The Breakfast Run is back – all teddy bears welcome!
Posted on May 9th 2017

Hospiscare staff and children at Heathcote Primary School

Hospiscare’s Breakfast Run 2017 has been launched to the delight of the students at Heathcoat Primary School in Tiverton, who held a Bring your Teddy to School day to celebrate the occasion. 

Hospiscare’s George the Mouse joined them, helping to explain how the Breakfast Run at Knightshayes on the 17th September will help local patients and their families.

The Breakfast Run, a sponsored walk, run or jog will raise much needed donations to maintain and develop hospice services that are led from Pine Lodge in Tiverton. Situated on Post Hill in Tiverton, Pine Lodge provides support and activities for local patients with life-limiting illnesses and has recently introduced specialised sessions for patients who have also been diagnosed with dementia. Pine Lodge is the base of Hospiscare’s Mid Devon Community Specialist Nursing Team, who visit patients in their homes to give vital medical support and assistance to those who need it.

The Breakfast Run, a choice of 5km or 10km routes in the beautiful gardens at Knightshayes, is open to all members of the public. The entry fee pays for Hospiscare to hold the event but all sponsorship raised by the participants goes directly into supporting Hospiscare patients in the local community through some of their toughest times. 
If you take advantage of our Early Bird offer and register before the 2nd of June, the registration fee is £12 per adult and £7 per child under 16 years old.  The price after this time is £17 per adult and £10 per child.

Once you have registered you will receive a Breakfast Run Pack, which will give you helpful fundraising hints and tips and a sponsorship form, so your friends and family can donate money to Hospiscare and celebrate your amazing running, jogging or walking abilities. 

Sign up for the Breakfast Run 2017 today to be a #jimjamjogger and raise funds to support your local hospice charity.

Call 01392 688020, or click here to sign up online. 


Follow Amelie’s example and raise pounds in your pyjamas
Posted on June 12th 2017

Do you fancy an enjoyable morning run this autumn, raising money for a local charity in the stunning grounds of a National Trust country estate? Would you like to run in your pyjamas – yes, your pyjamas! – all for a good cause? If so, then the Hospiscare Breakfast Run at Knightshayes Court on 17th September could be for you!

The Breakfast Run is a no pressure 5k or 10k run, walk or jog with coffee and bacon bap available on your return to the Stables Kitchen (vegetarian alternative available). 

People enter The Breakfast Run for many different reasons. For Amelie Foster, however, the decision to take part was determined by her own father’s experience with Hospiscare.

“I was initially surprised and frightened when I discovered that Dad’s GP had referred him to Hospiscare," she recalls. Her father had been ill for a while and she assumed the end must be imminent. It was not.

Amelie, her dad and her sister Hannah and step-sister Jessica

“Dad really struggled with the reality of his condition, the limitations it forced on him and the reality of his own mortality, but he found the Hospiscare Day Centre a place of peace and ease. The nurses that visited him at home had an unspoken understanding and offered compassion and empathy with their care and knowledge.” 

Amelie was also extremely grateful for the support Hospiscare provided after her father’s death. “Although not unexpected, I was consumed by grief. I wasn't prepared for the emotional wrecking-ball that losing a parent would bring. It shook me to the core and felt all-consuming at times. My sister and I received fantastic support at times of worry, and after his passing the Hospiscare team’s words of kindness and support were genuine and profound. Our human instinct is to survive and when you’re faced with your mortality or the mortality of a loved one it’s soul destroying. The care and support provided by Hospiscare helped to ease the pain, soften the reality and take away the fear. Their unwavering kindness, not only to the patients but to the families, is so valued and needed.”

Amelie has also found preparing for the Breakfast Run was a great help. “I knew I needed to direct this negative energy and try to turn it into something positive, to look for something that I could focus on and do something to make me feel that Dad’s death wouldn't be in vain. The Breakfast Run appeared on my Facebook feed, literally days after Dad’s passing. I felt that maybe it was a little sign, having recently watched a documentary on the BBC of the benefits of running for mental health I saw an opportunity to raise money, run for my physical and mental health and do something positive. If I can raise enough to help Hospiscare to support a family the way we were supported then I’ll have achieved my goal.”

Amelie and her daughter Darcie

To hear more about Amelie’s story, click here

Are you and perhaps some of your friends and family inspired by Amelie’s example to complete The Breakfast Run? Entry is only £17 per adult and £10 per child (under 16). Children of three years or under can join in for free. Enter on your own or as part of a group.

For more information on how to enter and gain sponsorship, phone Hospiscare on 01392 688020 or click here


Pyjamas and bacon butties for Hospiscare
Posted on August 10th 2017

Supporters are coming from far and wide to take part in Hospiscare’s Breakfast Run at the picturesque Knightshayes near Tiverton on the 17th September.

Sarah Awbery and her daughter are travelling all the way from Bournemouth to take part and are currently busy training and raising sponsorship. They have a special reason for supporting local charity, Hospiscare.

Sarah and her family

Although it has been over six years since Sarah’s father, Ray Pett, was cared for by Hospiscare, her memories of visiting him on the ward at Searle House in Exeter are still fresh.

“The nurses were just brilliant,” says Sarah. “Along with my mum Kath there were 10 or 11 of us visiting at various times and we were with Dad all through the night. The nurses bought us cups of tea and it was so comforting to have them looking after us, as well as looking after him.”

Sarah and her daughter Freya will be staying with Kath in Crediton, so all three can take part in the Breakfast Run as a family.

“My daughter is eight years old and too young to remember Dad,” says Sarah, “but she understands about raising money for charity and what Hospiscare did for our family. Mum volunteers at the Crediton Hospiscare Shop on a Saturday too, so we do all we can to support the nurses who looked after Dad with such care.”

The Breakfast Run is a 5 or 10k run, walk or jog around the beautiful parklands of Knightshayes at Tiverton on the 17th September.  The run is a fun-filled family occasion, with participants taking part in their pyjamas and a hot drink and breakfast available for everyone at the end. The event will raise much needed funds for local charity, Hospiscare, and is suitable for all ages and abilities, so runners, joggers, walkers, families, individuals and even dogs are all very welcome to join in the fun. 

The Breakfast Run

The event’s group offer is available now - 2 adults and 2 children can enter for £45 (usually £56). Once registered you will receive a Breakfast Run Pack, which will give you helpful fundraising hints and tips and a sponsorship form, so your friends and family can donate money to Hospiscare and celebrate your amazing running, jogging or walking efforts.

Sign up today to be a #jimjamjogger and raise funds to support your local hospice charity. Call 01392 688020, or click here to sign up online.

Last year's Breakfast Run

Hospiscare is a local charity, providing free, high quality care and support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness, and those close to them, in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

Pensioner takes on Ultra-Endurance Challenges
Posted on August 18th 2017

Len Styles in the Hospiscare Garden

Witness The Fitness! It’s not often you hear a gentleman in his eighties tell you that he has recently taken up extreme distance events.  But Len Styles from Honiton is not your average eighty year old.  Having always kept himself in good physical nick (in his younger years Len used to enjoy taking part in ½ marathons and triathlons), rather than easing off Len is increasing the mileage and has found it to be an essential outlet in helping him deal with grief.

Len explains, “My lovely partner, Christine Taylor, died in December 2015.  Christine had three operations and had treatment over two years and then a stay in hospital. She came home for the last ten days of her life and was tended to by the Hospiscare nurses.  Those ten sleepless days were very hard, very demanding and on reflection I was thinking about how I got through this difficult time.  I think a lot comes down to the exercise. I’ve always kept myself physically fit, being able to train helped me eventually to avoid becoming overwhelmed by grief.  It was like having my own support system.

“Training gives me an external focus, it’s a way of distracting myself from the stresses of life. I have always been outward-looking and I do Tai Chi, which helps me to zone in. You feel guilty about doing anything for yourself when your partner dies, but you are doing the right thing in taking some time out and setting yourself a challenge. 

I had done some ultra-distance races in my seventies.  I completed a 24-hour walking race, the Isle of Man 85-mile walk, a 24 hour run in the Cotswolds, a 23 hour non stop cycle ride covering 240 miles, then a parathlon last year (triathlon and a tandem 15000 ft parachute jump) but I was ready to go further.

“That’s how the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) 1,000 mile bike ride came up.  In Honiton we have a good group of friends who all enjoy, walking, running, swimming and cycling. We never talk about excellence in these activities, we just want to get together for a laugh, do events and enjoy some tea and cake. About 18 months ago, one of the group suggested LEJOG and 13 of us were interested, so that’s where it started.  But life gets busy, so numbers did dwindle a bit, and by the time June came round there were just 3 of us.

Keith, Len and Sue at the Lands End

“So it ended up with myself, Sue who is 69 and Keith who turned 70 while we were en-route to John O’Groats. We wondered if we were the oldest trio to do LEJOG with a combined age of 219 years!  Sue is on the waiting list for a knee replacement and was advised to exercise, but I don’t think the doctors had this distance in mind.   

“We set off on the 29th June and it took us 17 days in total. The first day we eased into it and covered 25 miles, then after that we averaged 70 miles a day, with 80 miles being the maximum we did in one go.

“The first three days were the toughest. Cornwall and Devon hills are consistently very steep but we didn’t really suffer from aches and pains. The hills in Scotland were higher but more forgiving as the gradients were gentler. You’re on your own on those long hill climbs, in solitude, it has similarities to losing a partner and you just have to keep going.

That’s when the mental strength is needed. 

“My son Mark (aged 53) drove the support van and he was the good shepherd!  He guided us when we got lost, sorted our mechanical breakdowns and made up cups of tea in the driving rain. He really was a support wizard.

“We did a collection for Hospiscare along the way and got £150. Sue and Keith have since raised another £200. 

“Thanks to the kind folk of Honiton £601.84 was raised by selling plants on my drive. Grateful thanks goes to my good neighbours for tending those plants whilst I was cycling.

“Sincere thanks to PAUL BUTTERWORTH of UNICAM (ENGINEERING) CHARD who designed and machined a pedal attachment to enable Sue to compensate for an unequal power stroke and to the guys at THE BIKE SHED, EXETER who were involved with Paul in not only getting Sue ‘on the road’ but dropping everything to sort out Keith’s gear problem on day 3. 

“Very special thanks to my amazing companions who always had a ready smile, were ready to go each and every day without one day's rest.

Len Styles with his bike

So what’s next for Len?

“Well, age doesn’t come into my mind - numbers? I’m always inspired by people older than myself who are doing amazing things. I read recently about a 100 year old who did a tandem parachute jump, veterans in athletics, endeavouring and breaking records. We learn that older people who do things like volunteering feel great for doing it and in doing so push the hands of the ‘ageing clock’ back. Being positive and active is so important. I’m in training for my next ultra which will be a 24-hour running event in May 2018, the HOPE24 in Plymouth.

“Oh and I’ve signed up for the Hospiscare Breakfast Run in September just for fun.” Come and join us! 

If you would like to donate to Lens LEJOG efforts visit his online page

Or if you’d like to join Len for a more leisurely, family and dog friendly event, then sign up for the 5k or 10k Breakfast Run

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.


Lots of Family Fun at the Hospiscare Breakfast Run!
Posted on September 20th 2017

100s of runners warming up at the Breakfast Run

Hundreds of pyjama-clad runners, joggers and walkers from across Devon turned up at glorious Knightshayes near Tiverton on Sunday 17th September to take part in the Hospiscare Breakfast Run.  The novelty event, which featured a 5 or 10k route, attracted runners from all age groups and abilities, with 482 people joining in to raise much-needed funds for local charity Hospiscare.

The participants enjoyed an off road course with some challenging inclines and were rewarded for their efforts at the end with a delicious breakfast from the Stables Kitchen.

Breakfast Run runners in the sunshine

Sarah Smith, Hospiscare Events and Community Fundraising Manager said: “The runners and walkers were amazing.  They all threw themselves into the spirit of the event and turned up in their PJs.  We were so lucky to have brilliant sunshine throughout and there was an amazing atmosphere, it really made for a fantastic morning.

“This is the second time we have held this event and we had more participants than last year, which is great! I wanted to say a massive thank you to all who took part and we’re looking forward to finding out how much has been raised for Hospiscare, so please collect up your sponsor money and send it into us as soon as you can.”

Father and son at the Hospiscare Breakfast Run

Sarah continued: “As always we couldn’t have put on an event like this without all the support the local community give us.  So huge thanks to the 80 volunteers who gave up their time on the day to marshal the event, take photos and assist the participants.  Thanks to Trowers & Hamlins for kindly sponsoring the event, the National Trust for allowing us to hold the event on their grounds, and John Capon from Otter Windows Limited, who provided all the sound equipment and music on the day. Mid Devon Leisure led a fun warm up session for all the participants, and provided fabulous goodie bags when everyone crossed the finish line.

Children enjoying themselves at the Breakfast Run

“The money raised will go towards supporting Hospiscare’s local services including Pine Lodge Day Hospice in Tiverton, the team of Community Nurse Specialists supporting people in their own homes, and the ward at Searle House in Exeter.”

Teddies are welcome at the Breakfast Run!

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 - Breakfast Run Special!
Posted on September 21st 2017

This week’s Hospiscare Heroes is a Breakfast Run Special, and there are lots of people to thank! 

Firstly, a massive thank you goes to our event sponsors, Trowers and Hamlins. The company have chosen us as their charity partner for 2 years, and their support is key to making the Breakfast Run happen! 

Matt from Trowers and Hamlins

A big thank you also goes to the National Trust, who allow us to host the event in the grounds of the beautiful Knightshayes Court. The event is only possible because of their kind support.

Breakfast Run at Knightshayes

Thanks also go to John Capon of Otter Windows, who provided audio support on the day, including mics and music.

Otter Windows supports Hospiscare

A big thank you to Mid Devon Leisure for providing the fantastic warm up, the goody bags and for entering a team and helping with promotion.

Breakfast Run Warm-up

And of course, a massive thank you must go to over 60 volunteers for making the event happen –from marshalling to registration, refreshments to photography, you did a superb job! 

Marshalls at the Breakfast Run


And who could forget to say a HUGE thank you to the amazing 482 people who signed up to support Hospiscare? We hope you had as fantastic a time as we did. Roll on the next event




The Mouse is back (and so is the Hospiscare Breakfast Run)!
Posted on July 4th 2018

There was a surprise in store for children at Heathcoat Primary School in Tiverton last Tuesday when an unusual competitor turned up and took part in their annual sports day.

School children, teachers and parents alike were thrilled to see George the Mouse arrive, but their delight turned to surprise when the 6ft mouse lined up alongside the children to take part in the races.

Enquiries revealed that George is in training for this year’s Hospiscare Breakfast Run, which is taking place on 30 September at Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton and is kindly sponsored by Brightsea Print Group. He knows there will be some fit cuddly toys and their owners taking part, and fears getting left behind at the start.


George at Sports Day


Those wanting to join George on the run are invited to turn up in their pyjamas if they wish (it’s not compulsory) and bring their teddies or other furry friends to run, jog or walk the 5k or 10k routes through the beautiful parkland of the Knightshayes estate.

To boost early-morning energy levels, water and bananas will be on offer before the start, while on return a delicious bacon butty, or vegetarian alternative, and a hot drink will be available from the Stables Cafe.

Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “The Breakfast Run is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and to dogs too, and there is no pressure to get round. We want people to have a fun time in the beautiful countryside around Knightshayes while raising funds for Hospiscare. It’s a perfect start to an autumn Sunday.

“You can sign up online at or by calling us on 01392 688020. Entry is £17 for an adult and £12 for a child under 16, who must be accompanied. For a family of two adults and two children entry is £45, or £55 for a team of four.”

The Breakfast Run


Asked to comment on George’s unusual training regimen, Sharon said: “I’ve seen George recently and he was a bit coy about how and where he intends to continue his training. But if you see him out and about, do give him a wave.”

Click here to sign up

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’s Breakfast Run: how one family gave something back
Posted on August 23rd 2018

Last year, Sylvie’s husband, Tim, was admitted to the Exeter hospice in the final stages of prostate cancer.

The care that Tim received there so impressed the family that just weeks after he died they signed up for the 2017 Breakfast Run, to raise funds to help others enjoy the same care.


Tim PhillipsTim Phillips


A life well lived

Tim and Sylvie met in London as 19-year-old students, he in mechanical and electrical engineering and she in nursing, when he volunteered to be her blind date for the annual nurses’ ball. The couple married two years later and their family expanded over the ensuing years to include two sons and a daughter.

Sylvie and Tim had busy and successful careers, but once the family had grown up they sought a less frenetic lifestyle, moving to the South West and settling near Dulverton. Here, Tim, an intensely practical man, was keen to pursue his hobbies of DIY and woodworking.

Tim extended the couple’s house, turning it from a two-bedroomed into a five-bedroomed home, and built his own racing dinghy to indulge his passion for sailing. He also took on the maintenance of several local care homes. Much of each summer was spent in the couple’s mobile home in France, a country Tim loved.

Tim and Sylvie in their mobile home Tim and Sylvie

Then, at age 57 and with a strong family history of prostate cancer, Tim had a blood test that showed that he, too, had the disease. At that point, Sylvie explains, cancer became part of their life.

“Tim was a very active man and didn’t want to stop doing things. The illness was always there in the background, but fortunately it was in abeyance for a long time so he was able to continue doing what he loved.

“However, about 12 years later, his health deteriorated and he was admitted to the hospital in Exeter several times over a period of about two years. During his final stay there they asked if he would like to be transferred to the hospice. We didn’t need to think very hard about that.”


Life in the hospice

Tim was very poorly and in pain when he arrived on the ward. However, at that point everything changed, as Sylvie explains. “It was a huge relief to enter the hospice. The doctors and nurses soon got Tim’s pain under control and he was totally comfortable. Everything was calm and all the staff helped to make Tim feel special – he couldn’t have been looked after any better in a five-star hotel!

“It was high summer when Tim was admitted and he was fortunate to be in a lovely side room with French windows looking onto the garden. He enjoyed the view of it from his bed indoors – and even more so when the staff wheeled him out, still in his bed, to enjoy the sunshine.

“Nothing was too much trouble for the staff but, above all, they gave Tim his dignity and treated him with respect and love - and they also looked after the family and me. I’m a nurse, and it was the best care I’ve ever seen.”

Tim spent two and a half weeks on the ward, where family members were able to visit at any time. On the 7th of July, Tim’s birthday, everyone gathered at the hospice to celebrate the occasion. However, Tim was having difficulty breathing so the younger family members left early. Later that same evening, with his brother Mike and Sylvie at his bedside, Tim’s life drew to a close.


One good turn…

“Tim had such wonderful care in the hospice, and they have continued to support me ever since. It’s been marvellous, and we all wanted to do what we could to make sure that others who need that care are able to have it. So when my daughter spotted the advert for the Hospiscare Breakfast Run, just a few weeks after Tim died, we signed up straight away,” Sylvie recalls.

Sylvie and her family at the Breakfast Run Sylvie and her family at the Breakfast Run

Sylvie and her family succeeded in raising more than £1,000 for Hospiscare. Their sponsorship efforts also qualified them for entry into a draw to win a traditional afternoon tea with champagne at Hartnoll Hotel – which they were delighted to win.

“The whole family – dog included – enjoyed the Breakfast Run. It was lovely to give something back, and the afternoon tea really was the icing on the cake!” said Sylvie.

The Breakfast Run is taking place again this year on 30th September. If you would like to take part and help Hospiscare care for people like Tim, click on the link below, or call 01392 688020.

Sign up to the Breakfast Run

Entry is £17 for an adult and £12 for a child under 16, who must be accompanied. For a family of two adults and two children entry is £45, or £55 for a team of four.


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.

Brightsea sponsors Hospiscare’s 2018 Breakfast Run
Posted on September 11th 2018

Devon-based Brightsea Print Group has signed up as main sponsor of the Hospiscare Breakfast Run, which takes place on 30 September at Knightshayes Court near Tiverton.

The family event is a fun run, jog or walk - through the country house parkland. Children and adults alike are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their teddies, and dogs are welcome, too.

Brightsea, whose roots in Devon go back more than 200 years and which has customers nationwide, took on Hospiscare’s print needs approximately four years ago. Their senior designer, George Hill, who has worked with the charity since then, explained why the company is sponsoring The Breakfast Run:

“We are rooted in Devon, and Hospiscare is our local hospice charity. We already help them as much as we can, and each year my colleagues and I raise funds by supporting the charity’s Golf Day, Coffee Morning and Christmas Hamper events as well as doing sponsored walks.

“Hospiscare is a really good cause and we’re proud to be sponsoring The Breakfast Run this year,” he added.

There is still time to sign up for the Breakfast Run. You can register online by following this link: or by calling us on 01392 688020.

The Breakfast Run: Remembering Dad
Posted on September 20th 2018

The Breakfast Run on 30 September will be a family affair for Sabrina Eastley, who is taking part with her children, Jack, age 14, Joby, 13, Harvey, 9, and Ruby, 8, and her Mum, Jackie.

They are raising funds in memory of husband and father James, who died at home in the care of Hospiscare in March this year.

James and Sabrina had been together since early 2003, when they worked together at a sweet factory in Tiverton. Theirs was a whirlwind romance and before the year was out their first baby, Jack, arrived. He was swiftly followed by Joby and, after a 3-year gap, by Harvey and then Ruby.


James and Sabrina EastleyJames and Sabrina Eastley

With four children life was hectic so Sabrina stayed at home to look after them while James worked night shifts to provide the life they wanted. “James felt the children needed the stability of a parent at home,” Sabrina explained. “He was such a hard worker and wanted to provide for us, so it made sense.”

James’ shifts, however, didn’t stop him playing a full part in the household. “James liked to cook. He found it therapeutic and always cooked the tea before he went to work in the evenings,” said Sabrina.

“He was a real homebody at heart, and never happier than when with the family. We did everything together.”

Eventually, working nights began to take its toll so James took up a daytime post, which meant less disruption for the family. Life was sweet. But then came the bombshell: in October last year, out of the blue, James was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of lung cancer.

“James took the news on the chin,” said Sabrina. “He didn’t once complain. He only made one demand, and that was to be treated at home. He was a very independent man, quite stubborn, and he didn’t want anyone but me to care for him.

James Eastley with his KidsJames with his children


“Unfortunately, though, James was in a lot of pain and when he realised that it was all going to be too much for me he agreed to Hospiscare getting involved.”

From that point on, Sabrina said, everything changed. “Hospiscare helped us so much. James’ pain was brought under control, and he agreed to have a hospital bed downstairs – even though he’d already refused that – and he was much more comfortable.

“Caroline, the Hospiscare community nurse, was a godsend – she and James really clicked.” 

And she made sure that I was comfortable with everything that was going on with James, and took the time and trouble to explain things to the children. The youngest two, especially, were finding things hard.

“Caroline was there if James had a bad day or if I was overwhelmed with it all. She often popped in to check on us on her way home, when she was really off duty.

Caroline didn’t just offer care, we built a friendship, too, and she still calls to check up on us.”

The Eastley family are one member down but they are as close as ever and facing the future with confidence, supported by family members who live close by. On 20 September they will be facing a big milestone together: James’s birthday, which they are determined to celebrate.

Ten days after that they will be taking part in the Breakfast Run, when the children will be putting on some very special nightwear, as Sabrina explained: “James’ favourite photo, taken at Christmas, is of the kids all in their new moose pyjamas. So they’ll most definitely be wearing them on the 30th – they wouldn’t have it any other way!


James' Favourite Photo of his Kids in their PyjamasThe Eastley children in their moose pyjamas

“We really want to give something back to Hospiscare. They were amazing with James. They helped him remain where he wanted to be – at home until the end. I can’t thank them enough for being there for him and for me and the children too. That’s why we’re taking part in The Breakfast Run.”

There is still time to sign up for the Breakfast Run!  

You can register online at or by calling us on 01392 688020. Entry is £17 for an adult and £12 for a child under 16, who must be accompanied. For a family of two adults and two children entry is £45, or £55 for a team of four.

Sign up for the Breakfast Run


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.


Hospiscare Heroes - Breakfast Run Special!
Posted on October 12th 2018

This week we're celebrating all the fantastic people and businesses who helped make this year's Breakfast Run such a success!

Brightsea's Johno and Hospiscare Fundraiser Rich at the Breakfast Run

Huge thanks to Brightsea Print Group who were the main sponsor of this year's Breakfast Run! We couldn't have held the event without their support, and they even entered a team (see below)! Thanks to everyone involved at Brightsea. 


The Brightsea Team at the Breakfast Run


Thanks also to the Knightshayes National Trust team for providing the lovely venue. 

Knightshayes Court


A big thank you to John Capon of Otter Windows for providing the PA to get us all in the mood! 

And huge thanks to Monika of Exe Valley Leisure Centre for getting us all warmed up and ready to go. 


Warming up at the Breakfast Run


Thanks to Thirsty Work for donating the water and to Tesco on Blundells Way, Tiverton for donating the bananas to keep our runners' and walkers' energy levels up. 

A big thank you to Tiverton Hotel (Best Western), Mandy’s Classic Cakes and Halberton Farm Shop Butcher for their donation of raffle prizes.

Runners at the Breakfast Run 2018


And of course, a huge thank you to our 53 event arena and marshalling volunteers - we couldn't put on these events without your kind support! 


Volunteers at the Breakfast Run


And last but not least, a massive thank you to everyone who took part and raised sponsorship money! 

If you're wondering how you can pay in your sponsorship money, click here


We would love to hear your thoughts about this year's Breakfast Run!

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How to pay in your Breakfast Run sponsorship
Posted on October 12th 2018


Family at the Breakfast Run 2018

Thanks so much for taking part in this year's Breakfast Run! 

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 'Breakfast Run 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 Day Hospice, 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.

Breakfast Run set to raise over £10,000 for local hospice
Posted on October 18th 2018

The 2018 Hospiscare Breakfast Run took place in perfect autumn weather at Knightshayes Court, attracting more than 300 participants who are on track to raise over £10,000.

The Run was a real family affair, with more groups of multiple generations than ever before, among them Jim and his family. Jim, who completed the longer, 10-kilometre route was taking part in his first-ever charity run - at the age of 81.

Jim and his family at the Breakfast RunJim and his family at the Breakfast Run

Among those keenly anticipating the event were Sabrina Eastley and Caroline, the community nurse who cared for Sabrina’s husband James. Sabrina and Caroline formed a formidable bond, which got the Eastley family through the dark days of James’ illness and their bereavement, and they were delighted to be reunited at the Breakfast Run.

Sabrina said: “It was a lovely event, and seeing Caroline was wonderful - I miss seeing her nearly every day. I just hope our fundraising helps out. It was so nice to be doing something for such a good cause and one that’s close to our hearts.”


The Eastley Family at the Breakfast RunThe Eastley Family at the Breakfast Run

Hospiscare is urging fundraisers to pay in their sponsorship money by 4 November to be in with a chance of winning afternoon tea for two at the Hartnoll Hotel.

Please call the fundraising office on 01392 688020 for details of how to pay your valued funds across.

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

Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton. 7 miles from M5 exit 27 (A361); turn right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham and follow the National Trust signage.