Inspirational Sue Ryder colleagues take on final epic trek to raise funds for Duchess of Kent Hospice

Two colleagues who work at the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise vital funds for the hospice in Reading.

Liz and Rosina from the Duchess of Kent Hospice
Sue Ryder colleagues Rosina Lilley and Liz Hopkins

“We know that many of the patients we have cared for have had dreams and hopes of taking on such a challenge, so we are doing this for them.”

Rosina Lilley and Liz Hopkins

Senior nursing assistant Rosina Lilley and nursing assistant Liz Hopkins, who both work at the hospice, will embark on a gruelling 12-day trek to the base camp of Mount Everest in March, which will see them cover over 120km and reach a top altitude of 5,545m.

This will be the final adventure in a series of charity expeditions, which has seen the pair reach the summit of Kilimanjaro and scale Poon Hill in the Himalayas, raising over £30,000.

Rosina and Liz said: “We are so excited to tackle this challenge – which will be our toughest one yet – to raise vital funds for the incredible Duchess of Kent Hospice, which is very close to our hearts.

We know that many of the patients we have cared for have had dreams and hopes of taking on such a challenge, so we are doing this for them. A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far, your support will really spur us on to keep going and reach our goal!”

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice with flowers outside
Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Liz and Rosina have raised over £11,000 for their Everest challenge to date, which also includes proceeds from a glittering charity ball organised by the pair at the Holiday Inn Padworth in November.

All funds raised from their Everest base camp trek will help the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent hospice continue to provide expert care and compassion to those with life-limiting conditions and their families across Berkshire. To donate to Liz and Rosina’s fundraising page, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ElizabethHopkins3

Find out more about the crucial palliative care provided by Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice for people with life-limiting conditions and how you can help support them.