Walkers put their best foot forward for North London Hospice
CategoryFundraising|North London Hospice
Despite the cold and rain around 1,000 walkers joined forces on Sunday 6 April, to walk seven 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 with even a number of four-legged companions completing the route. 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 and much needed refreshments. Walker Jo Balkin who was walking as part of the ‘Angela’s Angels’ group said: “We are taking part in the walk in memory of my dear friend Angela Moonshine, mother of Sophie and daughter of Betty, who died at the Hospice last Christmas. The care that Angela received at the Hospice was outstanding. It means an enormous amount to us to be here today.” Julia Roberts from Totteridge added: “Our friend has been wonderfully cared for by the Hospice and we are so pleased to be able to walk to support such an amazing place.” North London chief executive Pam McClinton said she was delighted to see so many people take part in the walk and thanked everyone who turned up. She said: “Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success. It was a real team effort involving over almost a thousand walkers and team of dedicated volunteers and Hospice staff. “This is a vital event for the Hospice raising about £120,000 every year. In such a challenging fundraising environment and with more than £7 million to raise every year to continue to provide our specialist care, every walker and every penny raised really counts.” 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.