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Hospiscare Heroes – From BMX festivals to fitness challenges

Our Hospiscare Heroes have been flexing their super powers to support our charity in an incredible variety of ways

Our Hospiscare Heroes are truly super; week after week, they support our local charity with their fundraising endeavours across Exeter, Mid and East Devon and help to save our services for the future.

From all of us at Hospiscare, we are sending a huge thank you to all of our Hospiscare Heroes. Read on to find out how they have been flexing their super powers this week.

A man in mid air upside down doing a BMX stunt

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jamie Skinner, organiser of Cookie Jam BMX Festival, for organising this incredible event for the 13th year running! Cookie Jam honours the memory of Jamie’s friend, Jamie Bruce. To date, the festival has raised over £15,000 and has become the biggest BMX Freestyle event in the South West!

We are also so grateful to Gavin, Barry and Ricky Dillon for taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for our local charity. Barry and his twin sons, Ricky and Gavin, are taking on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – the longest off-road cycle route in the world – to to raise money for Hospiscare in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Carol.

The trio arrived in Canada yesterday and are due to embark on their 2,700 mile cycle challenge on 1 July.

To read the full story, click here and to donate to their incredible challenge, please click here.

A group of people outdoors wearing Hospiscare running vests

Thank you to all of the incredible people who took on The Great West Run in aid of Hospiscare on May 22. To date, our incredible #TeamHospiscare have raised almost £6,000! Thank you to all of the incredible runners that took part: Stephen, Sharon, Cheryl, Cherry, Mandy, Debbie, Lindsay, Gary, Sabrina, Ruth, Rachel, Helen, Megan, Matt, Sam, Sadie, Colin and Ros.

A group of young people outside a train station

Thank you to St Peters School in Exeter who have chosen Hospiscare as their Charity of the Year and as part of this, 28 of their Year 9 students took part in a 24km hike from Dawlish Warren to Exmouth to fundraise for Hospiscare. The hike took just over seven hours, on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far! Thank you to all of the students who took part, and to everyone who supported them along the way.

Two women in pink t-shirts holding a Hospiscare banner

Thank you also to Lauren Pearcy and Sally Bright from Otter Garden Centres who took on a 30 mile hike to raise funds for our charity. Their walk was part of #TeamOtter’s walking challenge for 2022, as part of our Twilight Walk. The team planned three different routes: 7.5 miles, 15 miles and 30 miles and together, they have raised over £1,300 so far!

To donate to #TeamOtter, please click here.

A woman at a sewing machine

We would also like to thank Maria Graham, owner of Ruby Fury Activewear in Exmouth, who is creating incredible Hospiscare leggings and shorts to raise money for Hospiscare. To get your hands on a pair, with a 25% donation going to our local hospice, please click here.

Thank you to Nexus Open Systems who took on an incredible cycle challenge as part of their Hospiscare 40 Club fundraising. The team cycled from their office in Exeter to Lands End – a total distance of 150 miles – in just two days!

To support their challenge, please click here.

A group of men in exercise gear outside a gym

Thank you to Lydon Ward-Best and the Exeter Demons American Football team for taking on an epic fundraising challenge for Hospiscare. This is Lydon’s second heavy-lifting challenge for our local hospice and on June 25, he and the Exeter Demons lifted the weight of a full Boeing 747 – an incredible 442 tons!

Lydon is fundraising in memory of his mum, Bronia, who was cared for by Hospiscare three years ago. Lydon has raised over £2,200! To donate, please click here.

A group of people outdoors wearing exercise gear

We are also sending our thanks to CrossFit Exe who took on an epic fitness challenge for Hospiscare on 11 June. The members of CrossFit Exe completed a 2.5 hour workout in teams of three and raised over £300!

A group of people holding a big cheque

We are sending our thanks to Pebblebed Vineyards and Sharpham Cheese who combined forces to host an incredible wine and cheese night, hosted at Pebblebed Cellar. The event raised a fantastic £1,600!

A man with a pint of beer

Thank you to The Point Bar & Grill and their wonderful customers for supporting our charity. Last year, 10p from every pint of Grolsch sold by The Point was donated to Hospiscare, resulting in a fantastic total donation of £233.80!

An advert for a rock choir event

Thank you to Rock Choir East Devon for entertaining the crowds at Pecorama on Saturday 18 June to raise vital funds for our charity.

A tray of pink flowers

Thank you to Combe Garden Centre who supported our ‘think pink’ campaign to raise awareness of our Twilight Walk. Combe held a ‘think pink week’ and sold these beautiful pink trailing geraniums to raise money for Hospiscare.

A concert flier in memory of Sylvia

Thank you to Nicky Hobbs and everyone who helped to organise, appear in or attend, the amazing concert ‘Singing for Sylvia’, held on the 22 May. The concert was held in memory of the much loved and respected classical musician, Sylvia Pritchard.  The concert in Sylvia’s memory saw many local performers get together to perform and raise an amazing £1,331.86 for Hospiscare.

A selection of rose wines against a pink background

We are also sending our thanks to Christopher Piper Wines whose case of mixed rosé wines is dedicated to our Twilight Walk and includes a donation to our local charity.

Finally, we would like to thank Andy and DyNaMix Rock & Pop Choir who are holding a summer concert in Heavitree on Wednesday 13 July. The concert is in memory of Andy’s wife, Barb, who was cared for on our ward in Exeter last year. For tickets to the concert, which include a glass of Pimss, please call Hannah on 07786878245 or Sonia on 07813161156.

We love hearing your stories about how your are fundraising for Hospiscare so please get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter to share your photos and fundraising tales. 

If you would like to fundraise for us, please visit our fundraising page to find out more.