WALK A MILE IN A HOSPICE NURSE’S SHOES
NORTHERN Ireland Hospice is calling on people from all walks of life to get behind its popular annual fundraising Hospice Walk campaign this spring.
The charity, which cares for babies, children, teenagers and adults with life-limiting conditions, aims to raise £100k from walks across Northern Ireland to help continue to provide people here with the highest quality palliative care at home and in the hospice when they need it most.
The 2017 Hospice Walks will take place in 9 stunning locations across the province in April, May and June, with the additional option for supporters to hold their own walk events in their local areas or organisations.
With walking distances ranging from 1.5 miles to 9 miles, the Hospice Walk is something anyone of any age or ability can take part in.
Hospice nurse Deborah McAllister is appealing to families, friends and local businesses to lace up and experience what it’s like to walk in her shoes for just one day.
“On average, a Hospice nurse walks 3-4 miles per shift, which is equivalent to 8,000 steps per day, and the length of one Hospice Walk route. With each step we take, we are providing specialist, 24-hour palliative care to children and adults with life-limiting illnesses. Whilst all care is free of charge to the patient, unfortunately it is not free to provide. By choosing to support the Hospice Walk, this will allow us to continue to provide specialist palliative care to children and adults with terminal illnesses.”
Paralympic hero Michael McKillop has also stepped up to offer his support for the Hospice Walk. He said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this year’s Hospice Walk, and to support Northern Ireland Hospice. I urge everyone to walk a mile in a hospice nurse’s shoes and help raise as much funds as possible for this great charity.”
Local TV personality and vice-president of Northern Ireland Hospice, Olivia Nash will also be taking part in a Hospice Walk. The Give My Head Peace star said: “This is my 21st year participating in the Hospice Walk, having clocked up a total of 100 miles during the course of my time. I’m appealing to all families, businesses and friends to join us for this fun-filled event. Whether you enjoy the rugged beauty of a windswept headland, or the tranquillity of ancient woodlands; each walk promises to be a great day out for your friends and family.
Joanna Pawson, Events Manager at Northern Ireland Hospice, added: “Everyone is invited to join in the 2017 Hospice Walk. With walks all across Northern Ireland, from Carrickfergus to the Mourne Mountains and from Portrush to Bangor there is such a great choice. We are even offering walkers a DIY walk; it just couldn’t be easier to get involved.”
To register for your local 2017 Hospice Walk, click here or call 028 9077 7123.