Char­ity walk­ers go Hospice to Hospice

Fundrais­ers take part in eight-mile chal­lenge to boost funds

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

THIRTY peo­ple took part in an eight-mile walk on Novem­ber 28 to raise money for two lo­cal hos­pices.

The Hospice to Hospice event was or­gan­ised by in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor James Bond, who rep­re­sents Head­stone North Har­row Bor­ough Coun­cil. Walk­ers set off from St Luke’s Hospice in Ken­ton to Michael So­bell Hospice in North­wood.

Cllr Bond put the event to­gether to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of his mother Mar­garet’s death and raise money for Michael So­bell, which cared for her in the fi­nal days.

He also wanted to help St Luke’s, which had cared for his friend

at Char­lie Har­ris, for­merly ed­i­tor of the Har­row Times.

Cllr Bond said: “I can’t thank the hospice enough for the kind­ness they gave, not only to my mother, but to my brother and fa­ther at such a sad time.

“I also wanted to ac­knowl­edge and sup­port St Luke’s Hospice, which gives so much care and devo­tion to the ter­mi­nally ill and their friends and fam­ily.”

Walk­ers were sent on their way by Kr­ishna Suresh, the mayor of Har­row, at St Luke’s and greeted by Hilling­don’s deputy mayor and may­oress, John and Diane Hens­ley, at the other end.

Me­lanie Bur­fitt, di­rec­tor of in­come at Michael So­bell, said: “We are very grate­ful to coun­cil­lor Bond for or­gan­is­ing the walk and bring­ing the two hos­pices to­gether. We look for­ward to work­ing with St Luke’s again.”

Pam Rus­sell, on be­half of St Luke’s Hospice, added: “We would like to thank James, all the supporters who took part and the Har­row Po­lice cadets who helped to set up at the start and looked af­ter the par­tic­i­pants so well.”

Do­na­tions to the walk can still be made at http:// uk. vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/Hospice2Hospice.

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