Get walking for Hospice at Home's 20th anniversary

12 March 2017 9:18AM

Cumbrians are being encouraged to get walking to help a Cumbrian charity celebrate a significant milestone.

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, which helps people suffering from life-threatening illnesses, has dreamed up a brand new event, challenging teams of four people to walk 20 miles to mark its 20th anniversary.

The appeal was officially unveiled in Rickerby Park, Carlisle - and brought together volunteers, celebrities and families who have benefited from the charity's work.

All had one thing in common: a heartfelt conviction that terminally ill people across the county should have the opportunity to die in their own homes while having access to the best available quality of care.

Fifty-nine-year-old widow, Sheena Hoggarth, is volunteering for Hospice At Home after it provided a life-line as she cared for her husband who had terminal cancer.

Sheena, from Newby, near Penrith, volunteered after husband, Stephen, 59, lost his battle after being diagnosed with two brain tumours.

"I wanted to give something back to this charity," she said.

"I felt it was important.

"When the chips are down these caring people are there, and the support they give is second to none.

"My husband was bedridden in the last six months.

"It was awful, but at the end the nurses were there to help me and my family through what was a dreadful time for us all."

The event will see walkers take on a challenging route covering 20 miles of the Lake District, with ten summits to conquer on the way.

There is also an option to complete an 11 or five summit route.

It will take place on Saturday, June 3, starting from Braithwaite Institute at Keswick, and will see walkers climb Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Robinson in the morning, with a stop at Buttermere.

The afternoon will feature Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Crag Hill, Sail and Barrow, before arriving back at Braithwaite.

The registration fee is £120 per team, and each team will be asked to raise £500.

Julie Blundell, fundraiser for Hospice at Home said the charity was proud to have been providing this vital service for the past 20 years.

High-profile names in business and the media are also backing the cause.

Managing director for Story Homes, Ian Storey said the charity did an amazing job, providing personalised end of life care - and also supporting families. The firm is sponsoring the event.

He added: "We'll certainly be entering some teams."

Border Television presenter, Tim Backshall, 53, is one of a team of four, including wife, Joanne, to take part in the challenge.

"We did the coast to coast cycle path for Hospice at Home.

"We are both keen walkers and look forward to helping this worthwhile charity," said Joanne, 53.

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