Challenge yourself for Katharine House in 2023


A raft of thrill-seeking and endurance challenges are lined up to raise vital funds

Last year over 1,000 local people took on a challenge in aid of Katharine House Hospice.   As 2023 gets underway the Adderbury based hospice is inviting us to make a New Year’s resolution to support them by stepping up to one of their thrill-seeking or endurance events during the year.

This year’s calendar of challenges includes the opportunity to abseil down the 418ft National Lift Tower in Northampton on June 17 or jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft for a skydive on September 9.

For those wishing to keep their feet firmly on the ground there is plenty of time to get into peak fitness for the Oxford Half on October 15, with runners making their way around a scenic 13.1 mile route throughout the University Parks and historic Oxford City Centre.

The hospice’s flagship Moonlight Walk returns on May 20 with walkers this year invited to dress within the theme of “Going to the Movies”.

Other challenge events include a 25km, 50km or 100km walk alongside the river in the Thames Path challenge (September 9-10), a 25-mile; 50-mile or 75-mile Bike Oxford ride through the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside (June 25); and a hair-raising hike around some of London’s scary streets and historic haunts as part of the Halloween Walk (October 28).

The Hospice’s Senior Community Nurse Helen Fletcher took part in a fundraising skydive last year.  She encouraged others to have a go: “Just do it! I can’t say loudly enough just how fantastic and exhilarating the whole experience was. I’d do it again in a heartbeat – not only for me, but for the hospice too. The skydiving team were so supportive and the moment when I sat on the edge of the plane and looked at the clouds before jumping was extraordinary.”

Last year Katharine House cared for around 800 people in our local community.    The calendar of fund raising events remains a crucial source of income to fund the Hospice’s services.

Katharine House Events Manager, Helen Lerwill, said: “If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, challenge yourself or try something new, then our events might be just the thing. Turn your personal goal into so much more, by helping to raise money for people living with an incurable illness.”

You can find out more about the hospice’s challenge events here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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