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The Maer, Exmouth
The Twilight Walk & 5K Fizz Run
6th Jul 2019
The pink fizz is chilling in readiness for the 2019 Twilight Walk!
Posted on April 30th 2019

 

Saturday 6 July will be a big day in Exmouth for Hospiscare! After Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare's Family Fun Day, this year's Twilight Walk kicks off..

 

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare will be holding their Family Fun Day at Manor Gardens from 10am – 4pm with live entertainment and lots of fun activities. Having had a great day with the whole family it will then be time for the mums, nans and aunties to don their pink tutus and bunny ears (not compulsory) and head on down to The Maer for either the Twilight Walk or 5K Fizz Run in aid of Hospiscare.

 

Twilight Walk participants along the Exmouth seafront

 

This sponsored event offers a scenic five or ten mile walking route or a 5K running route along the stunning Exmouth seafront. The walkers will set off at 6.30pm, followed by the runners at 7pm. There will be entertainment along the way and you will be welcomed back to The Maer where a glass of Pink Fizz and supper will be waiting for you at the finish line.

 

Twilight Walk participants enjoying the atmosphere

 

Last year just over 1000 women took part, all for a variety of reasons, one being Sue Jenkin, who completed the five mile route in her mobility scooter!

Earlier last year due to terminal lung disease, Sue’s doctor suggested she should be referred to Hospiscare. Sue had a Hospiscare nurse that supported her at home and she came into Searle House once a week for a day care session. She said it made a huge difference to the quality of her life.

“It’s a wonderful place with wonderful staff. I feel so well supported. When I come into Searle House nothing is too much trouble for the staff and volunteers. Whatever you need help with, they are there to support you and they cheer me up no end. They paint my nails, give me a foot massage and next week I am going to have a one to one yoga session to help with my breathing.”

 

Sue Jenkin and her Hospiscare nurse

 
 

It was whilst attending the day care session at Searle House that Sue learnt of the Twilight Walk taking place in her home town of Exmouth. Sue was determined to raise awareness and some money for the charity and declared that she would be the first person to complete the walk on a mobility scooter!

In the balmy sunshine, armed with three portable oxygen cylinders and a fully charged battery pack, Sue set off, proudly donning number 1 across her chest. She was quoted as saying, “I can`t thank Hospiscare enough for the help they are giving me and want more people to know about this amazing charity.”

In completing the five mile Twilight Walk route, Sue raised an incredible £522 for the charity, which she proudly presented at the following day care session. Sadly on 12 August 2018 (only five weeks after The Twilight Walk), Sue died peacefully on the ward at Searle House.

Whether you’re a courageous supporter, walking in memory of a loved one, or just in need of a fun (and truly rewarding) evening out with friends and family you can sign up for the Twilight Walk or 5K Fizz Run, kindly sponsored by The Exeter, by calling 01392 688020 or visit www.twilightwalk.org.uk.

 

Join the Exmouth and Lympston Hospiscare Family Fun Day and the Hospiscare Twilight Walk
 

 

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, East and Mid Devon.

Twilight Walk: Di & Sammi Rosser's Story
Posted on May 14th 2019

 

In 2016, Di & Sammi Rosser took part in the Twilight Walk simply because it sounded like a fun event and they felt that Hospiscare was a charity worth supporting. They could never have imagined two years later they would be walking in memory, having placed a photo of their much loved husband and dad Jeff on their memory star and displaying it, with so many others, within the special memory tent at The Maer, Exmouth.

 

Di and Sammi Rosser on the Twilight Walk

 

“Behind our smiles and excitement about taking part in last year’s Twilight Walk is a terrible sadness and grief at the loss of a loving husband and dad to cancer."

In June 2017, Jeff Rosser was diagnosed with terminal cancer. "We were filled with hope when we were told that there was a brand new immunotherapy drug available. However, Jeff had to endure radiotherapy, chemotherapy, several types of drugs and a blood transfusion, all in the space of a few weeks. He was fighting this battle with optimism and bravery, but the cancer was very advanced and had spread to several places. Days before he was due to finally start the immunotherapy drug, things took a turn for the worse. Jeff had a week in hospital before being offered a bed in the hospice.

"Jeff, aged 54, passed away peacefully after a week in the hospice just 21 weeks after his diagnosis.

 

Di and Sammi Rosser's Running Shoes

 

“We are one of the lucky families who have experienced the compassion, care and comforts in this special place. It’s impossible to express just how much of a difference it made to us to have Jeff in the hospice rather than the hospital in his final days. That time was very hard but very precious, and being in the hospice allowed us to make the most of it. It was peaceful, welcoming and full of truly wonderful staff and volunteers.”

Visit www.twilightwalk.org.uk if you want to be part of this wonderful event on Saturday 6 July or call the fundraising team on 01392 688020. Don’t miss the ‘Best Friend Forever’ special offer this weekend where two can sign up for £35.

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