Since 2006 Hike4Hospices has been supporting four Hospices in Sussex, St Peter & St James in Chailey, St Wilfrid’s in Chichester, The Martlets in Brighton and St Barnabas in Worthing by encouraging walkers to hike part of the South Downs way. So far £175,000 has been raised for the four Hospices, to help them keep providing their essentials services to the communities they serve, free of charge to patients and their families.
This year we thought we’d enhance the event by inviting up to 50 cyclists to join in the experience!
Bike4Hospices takes place on Sunday 19th August, and there is a choice of 43 or 25 miles to cycle along part of the beautiful South Downs Way, which connects all four Hospices together, raising funds for the four hospices concerned.
For information and entry please go to www.hike4hospices.com
Don’t delay, entries will fill up fast, so make sure you don’t miss out on setting YOUR cycling challenge!
We look forward to seeing you!
Head of Fundraising
St Peter & St James Hospice & Continuing Care Centre
Registered Charity Number: 1056114
Direct Dial: 01444 470206
Thank you so much for all your efforts over the weekend. H4H and the four hospices are grateful for what you have achieved and in difficult times it is good to see so many of you willing to participate in the event and give to a good cause.
I hope you all had an enjoyable time, even those who got caught in the sudden down pour on Sunday! And of course to those who took part on their bike for the first time this year. We will be sending round a short request for feedback in due course so that we can improve for next year.
The final stage of course is the submission of your sponsorship money and then the gift to the hospices. Allmoney raised is shared equally between St Peter & St James, The Martlets, St Barnabas and St Wilfrid’s. The check points are all staffed by volunteers mainly from Roatary Clubs in Sussex but there are also none Rotarians and I am sure you would like me to pass on your thanks to them for their efforts.
Time for a rest now and I look forward to receiving your sponsorship money over the next few weeks.
Thanks again for helping this worthy cause and I hope to see you all next year?
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Sussex Rotarians are throwing down the gauntlet in a bid to attract 500 people to rise to the challenge and sign up to take part in this year’s Hike4Hospices.
The challenge, which takes place on SATURDAY 18th AND SUNDAY 19th AUGUST, will see participants stepping it out between Lewes and Goodwood along the beautiful South Downs Way. And the good news is that, this year, our participants will have a choice of travel – either ‘shank’s pony’ or riding on two wheels! Although many will choose to walk the entire 43 mile route over two days, some might opt to take a gentle five mile stroll on either day whilst others can choose to cycle 43 or 25 miles on Sunday 19th August.
This is the event’s 6th year and so far it has raised £175,000 for the four Hospices in Sussex. This year Sussex Rotarians are hoping to attract 500 walkers, encouraging participants to set their own challenge and raise even more money for the four Hospices.
Between them, the four Hospices provide specialist palliative care to people suffering from cancer, Motor Neurone Disease and other terminal illnesses right across Sussex. Patients are never charged for their care. However the total costs of providing this care is £16.1 million per year and only a small portion of these costs are funded by the government leaving each Hospice with a huge challenge to face – to raise between 70 – 86% of the costs themselves.
Rotarian Colin Crookes, Chairman of the Hike4Hospices Management Committee says “This event has always been about enabling people of all ages to create their own challenge and have fun whilst raising money for a very good local cause. This year’s event will hopefully appeal to our casual ramblers and ardent walkers as well as encouraging people to get back on their bikes and rediscover the joys of cycling!”
Alison Moorey, Chief Executive of St Wilfrid’s Hospice says, “On behalf of the trustees, staff, volunteers and everyone who benefits from the services provided by St Wilfrid’s Hospice I would like to thank everyone involved with Hike4Hospices for their support. This is now an important event in our calendar and I encourage walkers to take up this challenge as you will have fun and enjoy wonderful scenery whilst knowing you are supporting a very good cause.”
Online registration is now open, so put your best foot forward and help make a difference and ‘Be One of the 500’. To download a registration form click onto www.hike4hospices.com or write to Hike4Hospices, PO Box 5344, Hove, BN52 9UW for more information.
Dear Previous Hiker4Hospices
First of all apologies for a rather anonymous way of addressing you but I am keen go get this email out to all those who have taken part on any of pour previous events with www.hike4hopsices.com.
I wish you a very happy Easter …. And course this is a time for friends and family and with the summer hols coming up afterwards there will be a lot of discussion about what to do …. So perfect timing to discuss Hike4Hospices and sign up! We really hope you will join us again this year and bring along all your friends and family to:
Hike4Hospices Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August
And our new biking event:
Bike4Hospices Sunday 19th August
Why is your involvement in Hike4Hospices and Bike4Hospices so important? Rather than try and explain it myself I would like to quote a recent email from Tanya Hunt – Fundraising Dept – St Barnabas House, one of the 4 hospices (St Peter and St James, The Martlets, St Barnabas House, St Wilfred’s) that we are fundraising for:
“I don’t know if you are aware that over the last 5 years Hike4Hospices has donated £32,400 to St Barnabas House. That is enough money to pay for 70 people to receive 24 hour in-patient stay at St Barnabas, and of course you have given the same to the three other hospices. I don’t think that I can sum up the difference that you have achieved for the 4 hospices across Sussex, or more importantly, for the patients and their families that your funds have helped care for: “Thank you for giving us back the father and husband we loved for the last days of his life. You gave him the care we could not and also cared for us both every painful step of the way”.
If we times these figures by 4 to account for all the hospices this means that over the last 5 years we have raised enough money to pay for 280 people to receive 24-hour in-patient care. As a former hike you have contributed towards achieving this excellent figure and we are truly grateful to you
This year we continue to work towards raise further much needed funding for the 4 hospices via both Hike4Hospices and Bike4Hospices. Particularly in these financially challenging times we know that every penny counts, every step along the way counts.
As you will have read in the extract from Tanya Hunt’s email above, the 4 hospices are truly counting on the money we raise annually – I would like to invite you to help us achieve this. Even more hikers and bikers will help us get a little closer to our goal £35,000, so please decide whether to bike or hike, open your diary, put the date in and sign up for either or both events at www.hike4hospices.com.
Finally please do forward this email on to all your friends and family and encourage them sign to sign …… you could even enter a team! If each person who signs up to the hike or bike event brings along 1 additional person we will double our numbers (and hopefully income). You really are most important to us as former hikers who already know the event to help us market the event and ensure that precious funds are raised.
I know you know how Hike4Hospices works, but I would like to say a few words about Bike4Hospices. This will run on the second day of the event, 19thAugust, more or less along the same route. We are only accepting 50 cyclists this year as we are piloting this event – so if you are keen please sign up quickly as we will not accept more than 50 cyclists as we assess, evaluate and improve Bike4Hospices for the following year. You will be able to choose between 2 distances: 25 or 42 miles. I shall personally be biking it – I have just moved an exercise bike into my office in the vague hope that it might encourage me to get in some practice as it’s been a whilst since I’ve been on a bike!
Flyers for both events are available on this web site – please do print out a few copies in A4 or A5 format and put them up in the back of your car, your local newsagent and anywhere else that you think people might see it.
Please join me up on the Downs - no doubt we’ll all share some aches and pains but it will be worth it.
With best wishes
Chair of Trustees, Hike4Hospices
Rotary Clubs of Sussex helping hospices. www.hike4hospices.com
Four local Hospices have just received a donation of £6,000 each from the organizers of the 2011 Hike4Hospices walk. The cheques were presented to representatives of St Wilfrid’s ( Chichester ), St Barnabas House ( Worthing ), Martlets ( Hove ) and St Peter & St James (Chailey) by Colin Crookes, Chairman of the Hike4Hospices Management Committee, at a reception held at the Chatsworth Hotel, Worthing on the 17th February.
Hike4Hospices is an annual organised sponsored walk along 43 miles of the South Downs Way between Lewes and Goodwood. The event is spread over two days and consists of 6 shorter sections. Participants can choose to walk one or more sections over the weekend and even undertake the complete route. The walk is organized and supported by Rotarians from many of the Rotary Clubs in Sussex. 2011 was the 5th Hike4Hospices event and since the first walk in 1987, over £175,000 has been raised in support of the four hospices.
In presenting the cheques Colin Crookes said,” We are delighted to support four local hospices through this event. Hospices provide much-needed services to their local communities and many of us in the local Rotary Clubs know of someone to have benefitted from the care that the Hospices provide. We also know the challenges that hospices face in raising the funds need to deliver their caring services”.
In a joint statement the four hospices said,” We are all extremely grateful to those involved in organizing this annual event on our behalf and out thanks go to all those who have taken part in the previous 5 walks and for the money that has been raised. Hike4Hospices is now established in all our event calendars and we are all looking forward to the walk in 2012”
Do you have time on your hands? Want to put them to good use for a good cause?
Hike4Hospices needs someone to take minutes at meetings, write them up and circulate them via e-mail. The Committee meets once a month between 10am and 1230 on a Monday in Worthing.
We also need a web administrator. This role is not a web master but some knowledge of IT and access to a home computer would be essential. The role involves managing the data and information in the back of our current web site. The web site is written in WordPress and like most open source products is intuitive and fairly easy to grasp. Guidance through the system will be provided.
Interested in either role? Then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It has been pointed out to us that we have made a mistake on this years sponsorship form. At the top it says you can use Just Giving for making donations, this of course is wrong. This year we are using VIRGIN MONEY GIVING.
Please accept our apologies if this has caused any inconvenience. We will update the download Sponsorship Form on the web site.
Thanks go to Sarah …. well spotted!