Walkers get set go for North London Hospice

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900 walkers braved the chilly weather to take part in this year’s Big Fun Walk, walking eight and a half miles across London in aid of North London Hospice. The Big Fun Walk, the Hospice’s biggest annual fundraiser attracted both young and old and a fair number of four-legged companions completing the route this year.

Participants set-off at East Finchley underground station and made their way through many of London’s Royal Parks before being welcomed to the finishing point at Storey’s Gate in Westminster with a whole host of entertainment including a jazz band, head massages and much needed refreshments. This year children were also treated to some Easter fun with our very own Eggcellent Easter egg hunt.

Janette Roth has completed the walk for the last 13 years in memory of her dear friend Alison Leslie.

Janette said: “There is about 20 of us who walk the route each year in memory of Alison. Alison was always very active and completed events like the marathon. She is our motivation and inspiration. We are supporting the best organised walk. We are always well looked after along the route.”

Sunethra Goonewardene has taken part in the walk for the last 20 years. Sunethra is blind and completed the walk with her dog. She said: “I live near to the Hospice and really enjoy coming out and supporting my local charity. I am so pleased to be here today and walking again.”

Anne Tarraf, from Enfield, was taking part after we cared for her husband Alaa back in December. She said: “Alaa had lung cancer and was cared for in the Hospice’s inpatient unit in Finchley for around seven weeks. I was able to stay with him the whole time and practically lived there. The care they provided for him was amazing and I was inspired so much by the dedication of the staff that I felt compelled to raise funds for them. Not only do they look after the patient but also the family members who need a shoulder to cry on through the most difficult of times. He would have wanted us to have walked today. We have raised over £1,200 for this amazing cause.”

North London Hospice director of fundraising Robin Langrishe said: “Thanks to everyone who made this event such a great success. On behalf of the Hospice I would like to say a big thank you to all the participants, volunteers, staff and helpers that made this event the success it was. We are always so overwhelmed at how many people support this event every year. ”

All money raised will go towards providing specialist care and support to terminally ill patients and their families in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

A big thank you to the following companies for donating food and drink and their services for this year’s Big Fun Walk: Soho Sandwich Company, Reynolds Catering Suppliers Ltd, Moments for Me, Rogers Removals, Andrew Prod Photography and Talent Xclusive Video Production.

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