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Hospiscare Heroes – From Wing Walks to half marathons

Our Hospiscare Heroes have been as busy as ever, finding innovative ways to fund raise for our charity at this difficult time

Our Hospiscare Heroes are truly super; week after week, they support our charity with their fundraising endeavours across Exeter, Mid and East Devon. 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 girl and a woman holding balloons and a big cheque for Hospiscare

We are sending a big thank you to Millie Best from Axminster who sold hot chocolate bags to raise money for our local charity. Supported by her mum, Kate, Millie raised an amazing £360! Millie “just wanted to help” and decided to fundraise in memory of Lamby, a good friend of the family who was cared for by our Axminster Hospiscare@Home team.

Millie and Kate would like to say a special thank you to Paul Quick from Twin Tigers Martial Arts and Boxing Club, Mike Quartly from the Devon Truck Show and Emma Seogalutze from MacSorsons Fish Shop, all of whom supported Millie in her fundraising efforts.

A woman standing in front of a yellow bi-plane

Thank you to Angela Atkins-Phillips who bravely took to the skies to raise money for Hospiscare. Angela fulfilled a lifelong ambition by taking on a Wing Walk and has raised £916.95 for our local charity. Angela explains, “I am combining two of my favourite things – pushing myself to do crazy stuff whilst raising money for charity! I have funded the actual Wing Walk so every penny you donate will go to help Hospiscare.”

Two men and a woman holding a Hospiscare banner outside

We are sending a huge thank you to Alan Rowe, Sally Bowey and Baz Gray for their amazing fundraising efforts this month. Alan has supported Hospiscare for 30 years and wanted to mark the milestone of his 70th birthday with a special event: running almost 20 miles from Kings House, our day hospice in Honiton, to Searle House, our hospice in Exeter. Despite a back injury impeding his training, Alan completed the run with Sally and Baz and together they have raised over £800 for our local charity.

A woman strapped to the wings of a yellow bi-plane

Thank you to Sarah Sharpe for completing a Wing Walk to support Hospiscare, with twists, turns and a dive from 500ft! Sarah has raised £1,241.50 with her daredevil caper and we are extremely grateful for her support – it looks like she had a whale of a time from the photo above!

A group of people in running gear holding a Hospiscare banner outside in the rain

We are sending a huge thank you to Chris Hampton, Rachel Littlewood, Simon Hampton, Nick Hampton, Phil Edwards and Doran Stanbury for completing a half marathon to raise money for Hospiscare and Force. Chris is planning to retire from Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in December and chose to run the Great West Run to support Hospiscare and Force as both charities have supported Chris’s daughter, Katie, who was diagnosed with cancer in January of last year.

Unfortunately, this year’s Great West Run was cancelled due to the pandemic but Chris and his team decided to run their own half marathon on Sunday 23 May, starting at the Force Centre and running a route around Exeter to finish at Searle House, our hospice in Exeter.

Chris and his team have raised a phenomenal £8,210.90 to be shared between Hospiscare and Force.

A woman strapped to the wings of a bi-plane

We are also sending our thanks to Nicky Holland who took on a Wing Walk in memory of her mum, Heather. Nicky says, “When Mum was diagnosed with brain cancer, it shook our world. Hospiscare were brilliant during the short time we had with Mum – they were always there at the end of the telephone when things got tough. We, as a family, want to give back something so that other families can benefit from their love and support during such emotional and difficult times.”

Nicky’s bravery in taking to the skies for Hospiscare has raised £1,132. Thank you Nicky.

Two women at the finish line of an event

Thank you to Denise Hook and her sister Teresa for taking on the London to Brighton challenge over the course of two days. This event was postponed from 2020 but Denise and Teresa took it all in their stride, completing the challenge and raising over £800 for our local charity!

A woman strapped to the wings of a yellow bi-plane

Thank you to Amanda Holt for taking on a Wing Walk and a sky dive to support our local charity, raising £1,081.

A woman standing in front of the cockpit of a yellow bi-plane

Thank you to Sonya Gates who also took on a Wing Walk for Hospiscare, saying “The twists, turns and dive from 500 ft will be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenge of a terminal diagnosis that so many face each year.” Sonya has raised a fantastic £646.

A woman standing in front of a yellow bi-plane

Thank you to Sandra Murphy for taking to the skies to support our local charity. Sandra has raised £836 and says, “Rain against the skin at about 100 miles per hour while at 500ft felt like razor blades, but it didn’t take away from the overwhelming joy I felt about raising money for Hospiscare.”

Two elderly women at an outdoor plant sale

Thank you also to Bridget and Brab Hallowes and their brilliant team of volunteers for organising the Bumper Plant Sale in Honiton to raise money for Hospiscare. Despite the miserable weather, the event was well-attended and we are sending our thanks to all of those who bought plants, as well as those who grew plants to contribute to the event. The total raised was an impressive £1,000!

Finally, thank you to Chalk + Ward for displaying our fundraising event banners on their balcony to help promote our upcoming events.

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.