You don’t have to be a celebrity to be crowned king or queen of the jungle at the Hospice
You don’t have to be a celebrity to be crowned king or queen of the jungle if you step up to join a globetrotting gang planning a 15,000 mile expedition in aid of Garden House Hospice Care next year.
Supporters raising funds for the Letchworth-based hospice will be taking part in a once in a lifetime adventure in Borneo in May, trekking through lowland rainforest, and getting the chance to get up close and personal with orang-utans at a sanctuary on the south-east Asian island.
The venture has already attracted a quintet of daredevil supporters who have each committed to raise nearly £4,000 in sponsorship before setting off.
They include senior healthcare assistant Gill Hughes, who said: “I know first hand what an amazing cause the hospice is, but for me it’s also about taking on a personal challenge and achieving something I can be really proud of.
“I have only ever travelled as far as Spain so I can’t wait to experience somewhere new and see things I have never seen before.”
Joining the party will be stalwart supporter Des Waterfall, who is no stranger to international adventure in support of the hospice, which provides care and support for patients and their families across North Herts and Stevenage – both at its base in Gillison Close, Letchworth, and in their own homes.
Des has racked up a string of marathon cycle challenges, including a 2015 Tajikistan road trip which covered 7,000 miles and an eight-day trip from Vietnam to Cambodia last year, and has supported the hospice since his wife Chris passed away in 2013. Before the Borneo trip sets off, he’s planning another trip to Asia for a six-day cycle trek in Laos in November.
He said: “Chris was cared for by the hospice at home team so I take part in challenges like this to give something back and show my gratitude for the support we received. The fact it keeps my brain and my body active is just a bonus!”
Also signed up for the trip are hospice fundraising director Lisa Seccombe, hospice volunteer Sandra Duffy and supporter Clare Schulz.
All five jumped at the chance to acclimatise to life in the jungle by meeting Boat the python at Broxbourne’s Paradise Wildlife Park last week. Lynn Whitnell, CEO, Paradise Wildlife Park said “The Park is proud to support Garden House Hospice and we wish all the team the very best of luck with their trek to the rainforests of Borneo”.
There’s still time to join them but places are limited, so anyone who wants to get on board needs to step forward as soon as possible.
You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to support its work – there are lots of events right on your doorstep including a charity golf day in Knebworth next month, the annual Starlight Walk in Letchworth on Saturday, September 30, and a new event, the Night Seeker team challenge in Stevenage in November. Find out more about how you can get involved online at www.ghhospicecare.org.uk.