It’s the sixth year that the Erdington-based hospice has held the sponsored walk and fun-filled family event to raise funds for people living with a terminal illness and their families. The ever-popular event – that last year attracted hundreds of people – will be held at Hollyfields Centre in Woodacre Road, Erdington. This year walkers have a choice of a pushchair-friendly 4.5-mile route or, for those who like more of a challenge, there is a longer nine-mile circuit.
It costs £5 to sign up for the Family Walk with doors opening at 9.30am for registration and walkers stepping out together at 10.30am.
Jane Hall, from Great Barr, will be showing support for the hospice that cared for her father by walking with her family for the second year in a row. Jane, who together with her family raised £425 in sponsorship last year, said: “As a family we took part in the walk in memory of my father, Joseph Jones. We wanted to support John Taylor Hospice as they cared for Dad and helped us all through a very difficult time.
“The staff go above and beyond, nothing was ever too much trouble for them and right until the end they treated my dad with upmost respect. It was the least we could do to say thank you and we’ll also be taking part in the walk again this year.”
You don’t have to take part in the walk to join in the fun at Hollyfields Centre on 1st October, as the hospice is also hosting a Family Fun Day between 11am-4pm. There will be plenty of activities on offer such as bouncy castles, inflatable slides, football games and a go-kart track. Admission to the Family Fun Day is free with wristbands on sale for some of the activities.
Darren Dudley, John Taylor’s Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Our Family Walk and Fun Day is a popular annual date for supporters of all ages. It’s a great day out with the chance to take part in a choice of walks, attractions including raffles, a tombola, giant inflatables and games.
“The event is a great way of supporting John Taylor Hospice to support local families. Every day more than 600 people receive the care they need from our teams both at the hospice in Erdington and in their own homes. Last year’s event raised thousands of pounds and we’re hoping that this year will be our biggest event yet.”
For more information or to register see the hospice website at www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/fun or call the Fundraising Team on 0121 465 2000.