Instead of snow, it was high winds and rain that tested the ever growing band of men who took part in Hospiscare’s Men’s Walk this year. Just under 1000 resilient men signed up for the challenge, making it Hospiscare’s most successful Men’s Walk to date.
The weather conditions were again challenging but spirits were high as the walkers set off from the Double Locks pub. Along the route they were buoyed by an amazing team of dedicate volunteers offering support and encouragement. Live entertainment and free pizza was provided at The Waterfront, before returning to the Double Locks for a pasty and a pint, to watch the ‘game of two halves’ where England drew with Scotland in the Six Nations rugby tournament.
Organiser Sharon Ewart said: “This event just continues to grow and we’re thrilled that so soon after the event we have already exceeded last year’s record total of £62,000 raised! With sponsorship money still being collected, it is looking likely that the Men’s Walk will hit £70,000, making it equal to or even bigger than the women’s Twilight Walk which takes place in Exmouth on 6th July – www.twilightwalk.org.uk.
“Not only for awareness, these mass participation events are a huge boost for Hospiscare, enabling the charity to carry on giving our patients the personalised care they need and deserve – we are so grateful to all our walkers and of course our hardy volunteers for their efforts.
“We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors who have once again given us tremendous support: headline sponsors Wilkinson Grant & Co, The Exeter Brewery Ltd who provided the pints, Chunk of Devon who provided their award winning pasties and Stalite Signs Ltd, who supplied promotional materials for the event.”
Hospiscare provides specialist care for adults with any kind of terminal illness, and support for their carers and families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity for generations to come.