Skip to main content

Goldendoodle to lead ‘Henry’s Gang’ in Farleigh’s Walk for Life

Wednesday 4th May

  • Stories

A Goldendoodle called Henry will be heading up a fundraising team for this year’s Farleigh Hospice Walk for Life. Henry is the dog of Farleigh patient Carol Palmer’s daughter Sarah. Carol was referred to the hospice in February following a diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic and liver cancer.

Carol’s family and friends are all coming together on Sunday the 8th
May to take part in the sponsored walk, which this year is in celebration of Farleigh’s 40th birthday.

A grand total of 16 members from both Essex and Warwickshire are teaming up to be a part of Henry’s Gang to take on the 12km walk to raise money for the hospice. Henry will be leading the way on the scenic route along the towpath of the Chelmer and Blackwater navigation.

Carol, while not well enough to do the walk herself, is going to be travelling on the bus with her family to wave them off at the start, and will be there to greet them at the finish line. Henry’s Gang will be wearing bright tutus on the walk to add to the fun spirit of the day.

Carol said: “The whole group is looking forward to it, as is Henry! Who will be accompanied by his friend Monty. I’ve been with Farleigh Hospice since I was diagnosed and I want to do whatever I can to fundraise for them. It’s still quite early days for me in terms of my diagnosis, I’ve only just started my chemo, so I haven’t needed much support from Farleigh yet. That said, it’s a great comfort to me knowing that they are there and that they have a range of services to help and support both me and my family as we need it.

“We used to live in Stanford-le-Hope and I always supported St Luke’s by doing fun runs and other events. When we moved to Great Notley, I switched my allegiance to Farleigh Hospice. While I can’t quite do fun runs anymore, I want to do whatever I can to fundraise for them. My daughter and grandson will be pretty proactive in their fundraising efforts for Farleigh too.”

Carol’s daughter and grandson have recently undertaken a fun run in aid of Farleigh Hospice as well as creating a JustGiving page for ongoing fundraising. The mother and son pair are also running the London Marathon this year in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Debbie de Boltz, Fundraising Manager at Farleigh Hospice said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Henry’s Gang in their tutus on Sunday the 8th of May. I cannot express how grateful we are to Carol and her family for signing up to take part in Walk for Life to raise money for us. We couldn’t do what we do without community support for our fundraising events. This year is a very special year for us as we are celebrating our 40th
birthday and every penny raised will go towards securing the future of our care for the next 40 years and beyond.”

Walk for Life is suitable for keen walkers of all ages and abilities and their four-legged friends are also welcome.

For more information visit