Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is asking people to take on an Incredible Hike and raise some vital pounds for the charity this May.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2021, the charity has lined up 30 inspiring walking routes across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for people to choose from – or they can simply pick one of their own.
CHSW area fundraiser Jayne Jarret said: “We want people to hike as they like and raise a bit of money to ensure local children and families continue to receive the vital hospice care they need.
“May is National Walking Month and whether it’s a scenic stroll or an epic hike, getting outside for some fresh air is more important for our mental wellbeing than ever.
“It’s free to register to take part in The Incredible Hike and if you can raise more than £30 in sponsorship we’ll send you a very special commemorative CHSW 30th anniversary medal.
“Just register, pick your route and start you Incredible Hike adventure. You’ll find lots of easy fundraising ideas and tips on there too, as well as downloadable sponsor forms and links to set up your own Just Giving page in a couple of easy clicks.”
CHSW was founded in 1991 and during the last 30 years, its hospices have provided a safe haven of care, support and friendship for thousands of children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The charity’s first hospice, Little Bridge House, opened its doors in Fremington, North Devon in 1995. Charlton Farm, near Bristol, opened in 2007 and Little Harbour, in St Austell, Cornwall opened in 2011, meaning that no matter where families live in the South West, children’s hospice care is available within an hour-and-a-half drive.
Today, CHSW supports more than 500 families across the South West, providing respite, emergency, end-of-life and bereavement care and support for the whole family. It has adapted its care during the pandemic to ensure Covid-safe support wherever and whenever families need it, including for the first time ever, in families’ own homes.
The charity needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices, and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations.
“Every penny you’re able to raise with your Incredible Hike will make a difference and our fundraising team will be able to support you every step of the way,” added Jayne.
The Incredible Hike is kindly sponsored by Thomas Westcott chartered accountants. Participants are asked to ensure they stay safe by following Government guidelines and announcements from Public Health England.