Best foot forward for Hospice 50k walk


The team aim to complete the Thames Path Challenge

Five care staff will be putting their best foot forward for Katharine House this weekend by walking 50 kilometres alongside the River Thames.

Nurses Susan Chambers and Sarah Parkin from the Hospice, together with Deputy Sister Nicola Rossiter and Healthcare Assistant Ava Moreno will be taking on the Thames Path Challenge on Saturday (September 10).   They’ll be joined by student nurse Louise McGennity who was previously placed at Katharine House.

The route they’ll walk starts from Putney Bridge in London and follows the Thames through Richmond, Hampton Court, Runnymede, and Windsor out to Henley.

Around 3,000 people are expected to take part in the walk, which the team expect will take them around 12 hours.

Sarah Parkin said: “It’s a long way – just over 31 miles – so we just have to keep reminding each other to keep putting one foot in front of the other and we’ll get there.

“I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere and chatting with people on the route – and the celebratory meal and beer at the end!

“We all signed up for the same reason.   Katharine House is an incredible place where we can offer patients amazing care but also extra touches that really matter.   As a charity, we rely on fundraising and donations to continue offering this kind of care to our local community. 

“We all know that death is a fact of life. But if we can help patients have as good a death as possible and support their families then it’s so worthwhile.

“My mum died at Katharine House in 2004, long before I worked there, and the team were so great with us.   So, as well as helping to raise money for the hospice, I’m also doing the walk with her memory in mind.”

The team have already raised more than £1,300 via their JustGiving page.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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