Take on an Incredible Hike for Children’s Hospice South West - Credit: CHSW

Take on an Incredible Hike for local children’s hospice during National Walking Month

Joseph Bulmer

People are being asked to lace up their walking boots this month and take on an Incredible Hike for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The charity has lined up 30 inspiring walking routes across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for people to choose from – or they can simply pick one of their own.

CHSW area fundraiser Kate Romo said: “Whether it’s a scenic stroll or an epic coast path ramble, celebrate National Walking Month this May by grabbing your walking boots and showing your support for local children and families.

“We really are blessed with some super walking routes in the South West, and with spring now here, what better time to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and explore the beauty on our doorstep?

“Walking has so many positive physical and mental health benefits too, so we think this is the perfect feelgood fundraiser for people of all ages.”

It’s free to register to take part in The Incredible Hike and participants are asked to try and raise £30 in sponsorship to help CHSW provide vital respite care.

The charity’s three hospices – including Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon – provide a safe haven of care, support and friendship for more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

The hospices offer respite, emergency, end-of-life and bereavement care for the whole family, and care teams have adapted their support during the pandemic to ensure a Covid-safe lifeline wherever and whenever families need it, including for the first time ever, in families’ own homes.

The charity needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices, and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations.

“Every penny you’re able to raise with your Incredible Hike will make a difference and our fundraising team will be able to support you every step of the way,” added Kate.

“Just visit the CHSW website to register, pick your route and start you Incredible Hike adventure. You’ll find lots of easy fundraising ideas and tips on there too, as well as downloadable sponsor forms and links to set up your own Just Giving page in a couple of easy clicks.”

For more information or to register, visit www.chsw.org.uk/hike