Saturday 7th July sees the return of the annual Hospiscare Twilight Walk. This year’s theme is 'Pink Fizz', so dig out all things pink to wear and there will be a glass of 'fizz' waiting for you on your return. The walk is once again kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution.
The sponsored walk starts from The Maer, Exmouth and both routes take in stunning views of the coast. There will be entertainment at the start and along the route, and a well-deserved glass of 'fizz', a bacon sandwich and a cuppa at the end.
This fun run will take place just before the walk and the charity hope it will appeal to both new and experienced runners. Hospiscare Events Fundraiser, Sharon Ewart, said: “We are so excited to be able to introduce a 5K run to complement the popular Twilight Walk. This will certainly be a run with the emphasis on fun! There is plenty of time to train for this event and we hope it will give people a great target to work towards.” She adds: “Money raised by both our runners and our walkers will make a huge difference to the life of local people, it will help Hospiscare make every day matter to people in our community.”
It’s time to pull out all things pink, dust off your trainers and do something very special for your local hospice charity, choose to either walk or run and sign up today. Don’t miss the special offer of two entries for £30, only available until the end of February. Visit www.twilightwalk.org.uk or call 01392 688020 to register.
Hospiscare is a local charity, providing free, 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.
Sue Jenkin, 72 from Exmouth, used to work as the manager at a residential home for young people with mental health challenges. Being surrounded by 18 to 30 year olds, Sue had an active lifestyle joining in with her residents on activities like abseiling and cycling.
But 10 years ago, after running up a flight of stairs, Sue unexpectedly collapsed and shortly after was diagnosed with a lung condition.
Sue had to give up work and her life was turned on its head. Sue explains, “I felt like I had been put in a chair and left to die, it was awful, a really difficult time.
“Earlier this year, my doctor suggested I should be referred to Hospiscare.
“My Goddaughter broke her heart when she heard I had been referred to Hospiscare – she thought I had cancer too.
“I think the public perception is that a hospice only deals with cancer patients, but that’s not true. Hospiscare is there to support you whatever illness you have, if it’s a potentially life limiting condition. I have a lung disease, but it isn’t cancer.
“I have a Hospiscare nurse that comes to my house to support me at home and I also come into Searle House once a week for a day care session. It’s made a huge difference to my quality of life.
“I must admit I thought it would be difficult coming into Searle House - you have a picture in your head that you will see people dying there. But it’s not like that, it’s not what you think. 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. One to one!
“When I worked as a manager in the residential home looking after all the youngsters with mental health issues, I thought my team of staff there were terrific, and they were. But I have to say the Hospiscare staff beat them hands down! I want everyone to know about this place and what they do, and encourage people to support the charity.
“If I can, I intend to enter this year’s Twilight Walk on my mobility scooter to support Hospiscare, try and raise awareness and hopefully some money too. I can’t thank them enough for the help they are giving me, and want more people to know about this amazing charity.”
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.