Fam­i­lies join in the fundraising

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THE fam­i­lies of our pa­tients are al­ways ask­ing how they can help and what they can do to show their sup­port for the hospice.

So we wanted to share with your just a few of these amaz­ing achieve­ments, for which we are so very grate­ful.

The grand­son of a for­mer pa­tient took a trip to Bel­gium in Au­gust to take on the Do­den­tocht – or “Death March”, – a 100km walk in just 24 hours.

But this wasn’t hard enough for Matthew Hoare, 18, from North Lon­don.

In­stead, he chose to run it in or­der to re­ally push him­self!

The chal­lenge wasn’t easy though as he only took up run­ning in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Matthew raised a fan­tas­tic £325 for the hospice.

He said: “It took me just over 13 hours and was the long­est and hard­est thing I have ever done, so it gave me a real sense of achieve­ment.

“The lo­cals were so sup­port­ive, cheer­ing me on all the way, so it was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My good friend, Thomas, came along to sup­port me too.

“St Joseph’s Hospice took such won­der­ful care of my nan, Flo Jack­son MBE, when she was a pa­tient there in 2012.

“The care she and my whole fam­ily re­ceived was in­cred­i­ble and I’m so pleased to be able to do some­thing to help.”

The wife of one of our pa­tients, He­len Bur­rows, re­cently took part in Tough Mud­der North West, along with her friends and fam­ily, in or­der to raise money for the hospice.

They dragged them­selves through the muddy 10.7-mile ob­sta­cle course in just five and a half hours. The team of 15 have raised a stag­ger­ing £1,489 so far.

He­len said: “We wanted to give some­thing back to the hospice.

“Ian has been so well cared for by the staff, who are just in­cred­i­ble, not just to Ian but also to me and our chil­dren.

“Tough Mud­der was in­cred­i­bly tough but that’s noth­ing com­pared to what Ian’s been through. We worked to­gether as a team to achieve some­thing re­ally pos­i­tive and we’re just glad we could help.”

Our staff and their fam­i­lies are also keen to help with fundraising.

The son of one of our health­care as­sis­tants, Jamie Wood­ward, 22, from Seaforth, re­cently com­pleted a sky­dive rais­ing £723 for the hospice.

He said: “I’ve al­ways wanted to sky­dive and the hospice is such a brilliant lo­cal char­ity to sup­port.

“My mum does a very dif­fi­cult job but she ab­so­lutely loves it and is al­ways telling us won­der­ful sto­ries about it.”

To show your sup­port for the hospice, call the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email events@ jospice.org.uk.

For up-to-date news and in­for­ma­tion, please fol­low @JospiceUK on Twit­ter and Face­book.

He n Bur­rows and th team af­ter fin­ish­ing Toug Mud­der

Matthew Hoare cel­e­brates af­ter com­plet­ing his 100km run chal­lenge

Jamie Wood­ward did a sky­dive to raise money for Jospice

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