Do Something Different This Year

Do Something Different This Year

by Kathy Brown

With a packed calendar for 2018, St Peter & St James Hospice fundraise to provide expert and compassionate care to local patients and their families.

Looking to do something a little different this year? St Peter & St James Hospice have created their 2018 events calendar, and it’s the perfect mix of adrenaline-fuelled challenges, family days out and unique experiences – all for an amazing cause.

The much-loved charity, based in North Chailey, provides expert and compassionate hospice care to patients and their families and rely on the generosity of the community to raise over 80% of their running costs. This allows them to look after patients on their inpatient ward, who may be admitted for symptom control or end of life care, give invaluable support to patients in their own homes, and offer a diverse range of wellbeing services to help those living with terminal illness achieve the best possible quality of life. All event proceeds go directly towards these services, and with a variety of exciting events booked in, the team hope you’ll feel inspired to get involved.

The Firewalk, taking place on 22nd February at Plumpton Racecourse, will have you take a daring dash across burning hot coals. Sarah, who took part last year says, “I was terrified, but it was so much fun! Before the walk, there’s a brilliant seminar all about finding your inner strength and believing in yourself. It left me feeling so inspired and powerful… I could have cartwheeled across the coals after that! My family and friends rallied round to sponsor me too. I raised £450 for the hospice and had an evening I’ll never forget.”

If firewalking isn’t enough to satiate your thirst for adrenaline, jumping out of a plane could be the thing for you! The hospice will again hold its’ skydive days, an experience that promises to be exhilarating and unforgettable.

The popular Open Gardens season, in which some of the nest private gardens in Sussex open their gates to visitors, is back between May and August, as well as the Star Walk in September, where you can enjoy a sponsored walk in memory of loved ones through the beautiful botanic gardens of Wakehurst.

New to the calendar this year is February’s Sealed With a Loving Kiss (SWALK) auction; you’ll be able to bid on special items from some of the country’s most loved famous faces! There’ll be clothing worn at events and memorabilia, as well as luxury lots donated by hospice supporters.

Following on from the success of the charity’s first ever India trek in 2017, the hospice invites you to discover new heights for your hospice in this year’s overseas adventure: Mount Toubkal. In three days, brave participants will trek 26km to the summit of the highest mountain in North Africa, a staggering 4167m high. The trip takes place 8th – 12th August… Where are our passports?!

You can find out more about all hospice events and stay up to date with news at www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk