Tuesday 16 May 2017

Crossing the Bridges for hospice care

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V Calcasola

A merry band of hospice supporters set along the Thames Path from Battersea park to criss-cross the iconic Bridges of London to raise essential funds for patient care on Sunday 14 May. The walkers were blessed with sunshine and blue skies as they took part in the annual hospice event which passes many London sights including Big Ben, London Eye, and Tower Bridge along the way. 

Valerie Calcasola walked with other team members (Karen Defraine, Julie Taylor, Teresa Pooley, Janine Fox) said:

This is my third time attending the Bridges of London walk. It is a thoroughly enjoyable day out, seeing the sights of London whilst raising funds for the Hospice. We have always finish in a good time so we can treat ourselves to a glass of bubbly to celebrate! This year we received a £10 donation from a passing jogger. He had noticed we were all wearing our Garden House t-shirts and stopped, we were really touched.  We have taken our sponsorship form into work so hopefully can raise even more for such a worthy cause.

Cathy White, Events Manager:

We try to vary our fundraising events to appeal to all ages and abilities; this walk is a great example of an event the whole family can enjoy and the sponsorship it raises enables us to continue to provide our specialist care to patients and their families. We simply could not do it without the great support we receive from the community, so thank you to everyone who took part and supported this years event.

Garden House Hospice Care needs to raise £3.2 million in charitable income every year in order to run its services.  All the care provided to its patients and their families is delivered at no cost to them.

For more information on the work of Garden House Hospice Care visit www.ghhospicecare.org.uk email enquires@ghhospicecare.org.uk or call 01462 679540.

 

Charlotte Joyce one of our younger walkers walked with her mum Sam comments:

Me and my mum, enjoyed the Bridges of London walk. My grandad had to go into the hospice, where the care he got was fantastic right to the end, but the support the family received after was really helped us though a very sad time. The money we raise, is a way of giving back the support that was given to us, and allows the hospice to provide this to other families.

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