I do a lot of business networking. At one of the meetings I went to recently, I met a lady in charge of fundraising for Sue Ryder Care, a national charity which provides indivualised, compassionate care services to the terminally ill and those with long-term needs. Sue Ryder staff offer this care people’s own homes, in the community and in their hospices and care centres. There’s a Sue Ryder hospice in my local area, and one of the Sue Ryder Midnight Walks is being held in the nearby town of Reading.
The Midnight Walk series is one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraisers, and I asked the Sue Ryder team to write this guest blog post in the hope that some of you might sign up to do the Reading walk (or one in your area), or sponsor someone you know who’s taking part.
Over to Jan…
“My name is Jan Gibbs and I’m a Support Worker at the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.
“20 years ago, my dad was admitted to Nettlebed Hospice after suffering badly at home with no palliative care. Fortunately, our GP contacted the local Sue Ryder Hospice and Dad was admitted. Sadly he passed away two weeks later but thankfully he died peacefully and pain free. My family and I were even allowed to stay four days at the hospice and I witnessed how Dad was cared for by loving and dedicated staff. After Dad passed away, I was determined that I wanted to work at Sue Ryder. So began my second career.”
20 years on, Jan is still working three days a week at the Nettlebed Hospice. The Midnight Walk is one of the biggest fundraising events for Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice and over the last two years has helped to raise over £140,000.
The cost of a nurse for a day is £120. So by raising this amount (or as much as possible), walkers and their supporters can be sure their money will help the charity continue to provide high quality care to people locally.
This year’s Reading Sue Ryder Midnight Walk will take place on 14 May starting at the stroke of midnight. It’s a 10k fun walk around Green Park, Reading. Entry is £15 and entrants will receive a T-shirt, sponsor form and special Midnight Walk goodies.
There will be refreshments along the way and a well-deserved breakfast at the finish line. You’ll also get to enjoy some fantastic bands, DJs and acts at registration, during warm up and around the route.
Sign up here to register for the Reading Midnight Walk, or call 01491 641070.