A CALLOW END mum has taken on her fifth fund-raising walk in memory of her aunt and granddad who were both cared for by a Worcestershire hospice.
Alison Brookes has completed the St Richard’s Hospice Malvern Hills Walk for a fifth consecutive year, taking part in two socially distanced ‘virtual’ events in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 34-year-old hailed the ‘amazing’ care offered to both her loved ones in different ways as her aunt was supported through her illness and spent her final days at the hospice while her granddad was cared for at home.
“The help they received was incredible, and tailored to their wishes, which is so important,” Miss Brookes said.
“Until hospice care touches your life personally you just don’t know how important a service it is and it’s one that St Richard’s offers to local families for free, when the charity gets only a small amount of funding from the NHS.
“2019 was my biggest fund-raising year to date when I walked the Malverns, hosted an afternoon tea and even ran the Worcester City Half Marathon for St Richard’s.
“The afternoon tea in my parents’ garden is such a fond memory as all my friends and family chipped in to make cakes and serve tea and we raised a brilliant £800 on the day.
“For the last two years, with social distancing rules the way they are, we haven’t been able to hold a face-to-face event but we could take part in the charity’s walk on the Malverns.
“So, my partner, Daniel, a friend, Laura, and I jumped at the chance to give something back again and have raised another £470 for the hospice so far,” she added.
St Richard’s Malvern Hills Walk is running as a virtual event again this year, meaning supporters can enjoy a socially distanced five or 11-mile walk at a date and time to suit them in June.
Kelly Johns, hospice fund-raiser, said: “We are so inspired by Ali’s fund-raising efforts to date, raising more than £2,000 to support our care here.
“Of course, it means even more at the current time when many of our fund-raising events aren’t able to take place and with charity shops having only just reopened.
To support Ali and donate towards her fund-raising challenge visit the website at www.justgiving. com/fundraising/alison-brookes2
Visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/malvern-hills-walk-2021 for more on the charity’s Malvern Hills Walk.