During 2021 Emma challenged herself to walk 30 miles in each month to raise money for The Mary Stevens Hospice as a way of celebrating the organisations 30th anniversary year.
In memory of Emma’s Nan, Brenda Cadwallader the fundraising challenge surpassed all expectations. Brenda volunteered for the Hospice for fifteen years and was cared for by the Hospice at the end of her life. This care that Emma’s Nan received was the inspiration for the challenge as a way to give back to the Hospice.
Last year Emma absolutely smashed her fundraising goal by 250%, in total raising an incredible £6,270 for the Hospice.
Lisa, Emma’s mom said:
“I am incredibly proud of all that Emma has achieved. She walked over 400 miles throughout 2021 and did every mile with a smile on her face, no matter what the weather threw at her.
The start of the year was tricky because of lockdown restrictions, it made planning routes very hard. But by far the hardest part of the year was when Emma’s dog Molly died suddenly in March and Emma had to carry on without her best friend next to her.”
Emma commented on how she found the fundraising challenge:
“I really enjoyed the challenge and raising so much money for The Mary Stevens Hospice. I’m excited for my next challenge as this year I am going to try to climb 22 peaks over 600 metres high.
My favourite walks of the year were climbing Pen y Fran in the Brecon Beacons to watch the sunset and we went back later in the year to watch the sunrise.”
The Mary Stevens Hospice relies on the support of their community to help them ensure that they can continue to care for members of their community just like Emma’s nan.
James Totney, Community and Events fundraiser at The Mary Stevens Hospice said:
“It has been amazing to follow Emma’s progress throughout the year and to hear all about her exciting adventures along the way.
We rely on our incredible supporters and local community to enable us to continue to care for our patients and families. A huge achievement by Emma, we just can’t thank her enough, a true Hospice hero.”
There really is no stopping Emma as this year she will be completing yet another fundraising challenge for The Mary Stevens Hospice. 2022 will see Emma climb 22 peaks across the country, in memory of Emma’s Nan, Brenda.
You can support Emma and follow her 22 peaks challenge through her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmabear11
About Mary Stevens Hospice:
Mary Stevens Hospice is a charity offering high quality, specialist hospice care for adults living with life-shortening illnesses and dedicated support for their families and carers. Based in Stourbridge, we serve people who live in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, the Black Country and surrounding areas.
The hospice provides a safe, caring and compassionate environment where all staff are highly-skilled and have time to listen and advise. It is their role to create personalised holistic programmes of care, that encompass emotional and practical support, to help reduce symptoms of illness and side effects of treatment. Specialist services are provided at our recently refurbished In-Patient Unit and our Day Therapies Clinic. We also offer care at home where appropriate.
Mary Stevens Hospice care is provided free of charge to all adults who need our support. Our trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters from a compassionate community work together to raise the funds that pay for over 80% of our annual running costs.
Without their efforts we would not be able to deliver our badly needed services and ensure that:
- The care that we provide is free
- The care that we provide is for local people
- The care that we provide relieves pain and suffering
- The care that we provide for 4 out 5 of our patients is paid for by money we have raised