Walkers turn out in force for North London Hospice
CategoryNorth London Hospice
A beautiful spring day provided the perfect conditions for North London Hospice’s annual sponsored walk. The Hospice held its Big Fun Walk, one of the charity’s most popular fundraisers, on 7th April with more than 1,200 people putting on their walking boots. 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 range of entertainment including a jazz band, face-painting and refreshments. The event, now in it’s 19th year, attracted both young and old with even a number of four-legged companions completing the route. Hospice community nurse specialist Susi Greham (pictured), who completed the walk with her family, said: “What an amazing day. We loved every second and are already talking about next year’s event. There was a real family atmosphere and fabulous team spirit. Fab Route, lovely scenery and all for a great cause.” Marshal Carole Jordan added: “It was a splendid, sunny day. It was great to see so many smiling faces pass my marshalling point and to see the enthusiasm and excitement first hand. Well done to all the participants.” North London chief executive Douglas Bennett said he was delighted to see so many people take part in the walk and thanked everyone who turned up. He said: “Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success. It was a real team effort involving over 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 £6 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.