Fundraising adventures from Leckhampton Court Hospice

Starlight Hikers with their dogs

As a charity, we have to raise £2 million every year to keep our Leckhampton Court inpatient unit, day hospice, Hospice at Home, bereavement and family support services running.

We can’t raise this amount without the incredible support of some wonderful people who do some truly amazing things to raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Here are some of their stories.

Shining bright in memory of loved ones

On Saturday 21st October, 500 people walked 10km under the stars through Cheltenham during our Leckhampton Court Starlight Hike.

Together they shone bright in memory of loved ones and have so far raised £40,000 for Sue Ryder, with more donations still coming in. This could cover the cost of 2,500 hours of our care, meaning we can be there for more people and families at a time they need help most.

Why not join us next year when Starlight Hike returns to St Edwards Prep School? Pencil Saturday 20th October 2018 in your diaries now!

Team Incredible does the Cheltenham Half

This month, 127 people took on the Cheltenham Half Marathon to raise funds for Leckhampton Court Hospice. Between them they ran a staggering 1,660 miles and have so far raised £30,000, which is almost enough to pay for one of our specialist hospice nurses for a year!

We’ve been the Cheltenham Half national charity partner for two years, raising £60,000 for our local hospice, which is making a huge difference to the families we care for.

Well done and thank you to each and every one of you!

We’re thrilled that we will be involved with the Cheltenham Half as a charity partner in 2018 too. To celebrate we have an early bird offer of £20 for anyone who wants to sign up and join #TeamIncredible.

1,000 miles to Barcelona

Last month, Sue Ryder supporter Phil Carter took on an epic charity cycle ride from Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval in the French Alps to Barcelona via Nice. He completed the 1000-mile route in ten days in memory of his father who received care at our Gloucestershire-based hospice.

"The team at Leckhampton Court Hospice were incredible in my Dad's final days," Phil said. "I wanted to raise money to help them continue to provide the same amazing service."

Cycling alongside him was his friend Jon, who incredibly chose to raise funds for our care in support of Phil and his family too. So far they have raised more than £4,000 together – which could pay for 8 days of care in our inpatient unit.

Friends step in to take on really wild fundraising challenge

Our Volunteer and Creative Therapies Coordinator Amabel Mortimer was due to take on the Challenge the Wild fundraising challenge, taking place in the Brecon Beacons at the end of September, in memory of two close friends who received care at Leckhampton Court Hospice.

However, Amabel has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, which unfortunately forced her to pull out of the challenge. Amabel had already raised £1,600 – enough to cover the nurse costs for her good friends Dave Ayers and his wife Jo who received care here – so a friend of them all, Bo Midwinter, stepped in to take on the challenge for Amabel.

Unfortunately, more bad luck ensued. During the week running up to the challenge, Bo broke her foot so her sister, Millie Midwinter, put her own best foot forward to complete the challenge.

Together, the three courageous ladies have raised £2,091!

"Being part of Leckhampton Court is being a member of our hospice family," said Mike Tague, Head of Hospice Fundraising. "That’s as true for our colleagues and volunteers as it is of course for our patients, their relatives and those who have lost someone, no matter how long ago.

"Everyone at the hospice sends their love and support to Amabel and we’re right behind her as she undergoes treatment," he continued. "We’re in awe of Bo and Millie for taking on Amabel’s challenge for her, which is testament to that strength of love, feeling and support everyone has for Ami."

Feeling inspired to fundraise?

If you would like to raise funds for Sue Ryder, we would love to hear from you. Our small, dedicated fundraising team are on hand to offer support and advice.

You can contact them by emailing or calling 01242 246 285.

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