Heart of Kent Hospice were delighted to see walkers back enjoying the Kentish countryside and supporting the Hospice on this year’s popular annual ‘Bluebell Walk’ which took place on Sunday 1 May 2022.
To date, the event has raised an incredible £28,762, with the total expected to rise further when final sponsorship money is collected.
1,092 walkers of all ages participated in this year’s event which, for the first time, also included a shorter 2.5 mile mini Bluebell Walk.
Events Manager at Heart of Kent Hospice Erica Snow said: “It was incredible to see such a fantastic turnout for our flagship event which had not taken place since 2019 due to the pandemic. We were able to hold a virtual event in 2021 but seeing people out in person on a Sunday morning enjoying the bluebells and remembering loved ones in the Field of Memories was very special.
We want to congratulate each and every walker who took part in the event as all the donations and additional sponsorship and donations has helped us to raise such an incredible amount of money for our wonderful Hospice.
“Over 50 volunteers generously gave their time to park cars, register walkers, marshal the routes, hand out certificates and take photographs. Without our amazing team of Hospice colleagues, volunteers, sponsors and partnership suppliers it would not be possible for our longest running event to take place, everyone was truly amazing!”
The Hospice organises fundraising events throughout the year including two events this summer at Allington Castle by the Changeling Theatre. On Sunday 7 August 2022 see The Importance of Being Earnest at 2.30pm and at 7:30 pm there is a performance of Othello. See the Heart of Kent website for details of all upcoming events www.hokh.org/support-us/events/
About Heart of Kent Hospice
Heart of Kent Hospice has been providing free, compassionate, end-of-life care to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling and the surrounding towns and villages for the past 31 years.
The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.
Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life. We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.
Last year the Hospice cared for over 1,700 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our services cost £5 million a year to run, and we depend heavily on our loyal supporters, whose generous donations and fundraising activity account for £3 out of every £4 spent on our services.
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There are lots of ways people can support Heart of Kent Hospice. Find out more here https://www.hokh.org/support-us/events/
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