Thursday 1st June 2017

Farleigh Hospice are pleased to announce that an incredible £80,000 was raised at the annual Walk for Life event on Sunday 21st May. The sponsored event, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary, saw 830 participants enjoying a leisurely stroll across the Essex countryside on one of two scenic routes.

Walkers were given the choice of embarking upon either a 12km route from Paper Mill Lock in Little Baddow or a 24km route from Heybridge Basin, both finishing at the Teledyne E2V building in Chelmsford. Many walked in remembrance of loved ones, with some writing heartfelt tributes to friends and family that they then pinned to their t-shirts.

Dominique Brunning, Fundraising Manager for Farleigh Hospice, said “It has been a privilege this year to hear so many wonderful stories of supporters that have been a part of Walk for Life over the last 25 years. One lady started doing it with her daughter, and now has her granddaughter joining them for the first time - three generations stepping out to support Farleigh Hospice together.

“As an events team we would like to say a tremendous thank you to all those that helped bring the event together and helped us raise thousands this year.”

Walk for Life was launched as the Nurses’ Walk in 1992 with the Farleigh nurses walking between Farleigh Hospice in Maldon to the old Farleigh Hospice in New London Road.

Over the past 25 years the event has raised over £1,000,000 in vital funds for people affected by life-limiting illness.

Farleigh Hospice would like to thank everyone who took part in this and previous year's events, all of our volunteers who helped us to organise and run the event, and M&G Investments for once again sponsoring our Walk for Life event.

It is because you care that we can.

25 years of Walk for Life

Our annual Walk for Life event evolved from humble beginnings. Back in 1992, Home Care Assistant Pat O'Meara and her husband devised a plan to raise money for Farleigh by organising a sponsored “Nurses Walk”. That year saw 8 nurses take part, with the amount of money raised coming in at a little under £350. It was only intended to be a one-off occasion, something novel to help support the hospice, but interest in the walk snowballed to the point that by the next year nearly 60 people wanted to take part. Since then, the walk has continued to grow, and over the past 25 years the event has raised over £1,000,000 in vital funds for patients and families across mid Essex.

The success of the walk has far exceeded Mrs O'Meara's original expectations, and the co-founder is intensely proud of the fact that the event is still going strong 25 years later. She said “I have worked as a Healthcare Assistant at Farleigh for 27 years and [my husband Patrick and I] are both proud to have started what is now a major fundraising event.”


Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

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