St Giles Hospice is looking for energetic fundraisers with a passion for the great British outdoors to take part in a Cornish Coastal Challenge this summer. The weekend trek, taking place between 10th and 12th September, will follow the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall where the spectacular landscapes feature rugged cliffs, hidden coves and old fishing villages forming a beautiful backdrop to the blue sea.
The coastal challenge, run in partnership with the company Discover Adventure, is suitable for walkers of all abilities and is open to anyone aged 18 and over.
Chloe Herbert, Head of Fundraising at St Giles Hospice, said: “The Cornish Coastal Challenge is a brand new addition to our list of Treks and Trails events and we’re looking for walkers who want to sign up and join our supportive team or come along with family, friends and colleagues.
“This walk will be a tough weekend challenge but it also promises to be a spectacular and inspiring experience in one of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, which will give you an unforgettable sense of achievement when you reach the finish line.
“After a year when we’ve had to cancel our fundraising events and close our shops we’ve never needed our supporters as much as we do today, so you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your fundraising has made a real difference to St Giles Hospice and all of the local patients and families that we care for.
“It’s also been a year when we’ve spent so much time in lockdown in our own communities, so there’s surely no better way to get a real breath of fresh air and change of scenery by stretching our legs with an epic journey through some of the most fantastic coastline that this country has to offer. The event will be taking place in accordance with all COVID-19 guidelines.”
Muteen Ahmed, (39) from Burton, has just (June 12) completed a Snowdon by Night challenge in aid of St Giles, which saw him and two work colleagues from GBA Group for Toyota in Derby climb the highest mountain in Wales to raise funds in memory of a friend who was cared for by the hospice.
He said: “I wanted to really push myself and to raise some money for St Giles because they gave my friend – who died at the hospice – absolutely fantastic care in his last days. When we climbed Snowdon it was a tough challenge, but we really enjoyed it and got a great sense of achievement when we made it to the top.
“If you can do a Trek and Trail challenge for St Giles then I would say go for it, the sense of satisfaction you get from completing your challenge and helping a good cause is amazing.
“Fundraising for St Giles is so vital. It makes an enormous difference and you never know when you or your family will need hospice care. It’s important to know that they are there for you if you need them.”
Starting at Trevose Head, west of Padstow, Cornish Coastal Challenge trekkers will walk for 22 hilly miles to St Agnes Head – a challenging distance considering the terrain. The group will pass the distinctive beach stacks of Bedruthan Steps, as well as old reminders of Cornwall’s mining heritage, while Poldark fans will recognise some key filming locations such as Holywell Bay, with the much-filmed Gull Rocks visible offshore.
Participants pay an £80 registration fee for the event and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £600 for St Giles Hospice, which will fund care for patients and their families living with a terminal illness. Everyone taking part will receive food and accommodation, transfers within the trek, Discover Adventure leaders and drivers throughout the challenge.
As a member of #TeamStGiles, walkers will also get an exclusive St Giles T-shirt, a bespoke St Giles Hospice fundraising pack, a dedicated member of the hospice fundraising team to assist them with training and fundraising and a supportive community and team to engage with ahead of the event and during the challenge.
For further information about the Cornish Coastal Challenge or to sign up visit www.stgileshospice.com/cornishchallenge
For more information about St Giles Hospice and the expert care it provides, please visit www.stgileshospice.com
PICTURE CAPTION: Charity walkers enjoying the Cornish Coastal Challenge
About St Giles Hospice:
St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality specialist care free of charge for people living with diseases which are terminal or incurable as well as providing support for their families and carers.
Patients come from across the hospice’s catchment area, which ranges from Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Atherstone in the east, to Cannock in the west – and from Burton and Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south.
Care is offered at the hospice’s centres in Whittington and Sutton Coldfield and in patients’ own homes across the region.
St Giles spends over £10 million a year providing its specialist services and with little more than a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity relies heavily on donations and income generation from the local community.