2012 Walk to Remember launched by St Peter's Hospice
By LPhillips2009 | Friday, August 03, 2012, 13:37
The St Peter's Hospice 'Walk to Remember' has been launched so that family and friends of loved ones cared for by the charity can raise money while walking in their memory.
Lesley Horton and her family help launch the St Peter's Hospice Walk to Remember.
This year's event is taking place on Sunday 7 October around the Ashton Court Estate and will set off at 11am.
Having attracted over 500 people last year, organisers are hoping to increase the number of participants which will help raise funds vital for maintaining the work undertaken by the hospice.
Typical of those who are planning to take part in this year's event is Lesley Horton.
Lesley, along with seven other members of her family, is planning to walk in memory of her husband Tony who passed away earlier this year aged 59. Tony's mother, who is 82, will be supporting the team as they set off on the day.
Lesley said: "Tony was cared for by St Peter's Hospice during his illness and the level of care he received was not only compassionate but of the highest standard. I know he was very happy with the care he received and I would like to thank all those who work there for making Tony's last days not only comfortable but also dignified.
"The staff there also helped the family cope and in a way became the voice of Tony. They were spot on every time whether it was keeping the family informed of what was going on, bringing us cups of tea and coffee or just being there as a shoulder to cry on.
"The work undertaken by all those at St Peter's Hospice is just fantastic. It made our lives a lot easier at what was a very difficult time and will look forward to taking part in the walk so we as a family will be able to reflect and celebrate Tony's life.
"I imagine as well that because we will be walking with people who have all gone through a similar experience will make the walk all the more comforting.
"It's this sort of thing I want to make sure keeps going at the hospice as it does make a big difference to those who spend time there and their family and friends."
Bristol's only adult hospice cared for 2,675 patients and supported more than 6,000 family members last year, including children. All care is provided free of charge, but with the NHS contributing just under a quarter of the £6.5 million needed to run the hospice a year, support from the public is essential.
Louisa James, Events Fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "Last year's walk was a great success and it's fantastic to have people like Lesley and her family already signed up.
"We want more people to enjoy the walk this year and raise money for the hospice so if you want to help then please sign up. Registration only costs £8 per adult and £5 per child (under 16) and there is no charge for your dog!"
For more information or to register please visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk or call in at your nearest St Peter's Hospice shop for a registration form.