The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamstead is an amazing charity that provides professional support and care for people with life limiting illnesses. They bring peace, comfort and dignity to people and help them live life to the full, for whatever time is left. The Hospice needs £4.7 million a year to offer their help to over 2,100 people but only 20% of that comes from the NHS – the balance comes from fundraising and donations.
Steve first started to work with the Hospice by becoming a member of the Corporate Partner Network run by Carolyn Addison who is the corporate fundraiser. She told him all about the Hospice and events that they run. This was how Steve learnt about the Nepal Trek. After seeing the grounds and learning about the incredible hard work that goes in to helping patients and their families at such a difficult time in their lives, he decided that he also wanted to do something to raise funds for this amazing place.
Twelve months on and Steve is just about ready to go! Training has varied from the Shaun in the City trail, hunting for sheep all over London and Bristol, sessions with a Personal Trainer, numerous walks around places like Ashridge with other fellow trekkers, and a training weekend in Wales where he conquered Snowdon!
Not only has Steve managed to fit in running his locksmith business and his training but he has also organised some great events in order to raise money for the trek. These events have included a Fish & Chip Quiz Night and a Beauty & Fashion evening. Both events were fantastic and we are sure that Steve will be hosting more events in years come!
So far, Steve’s fundraising total is in excess of £3,700!!
We will be updating you with Steve’s progress as he completes his fundraiser. The trip consists of a five day trek across the Annapurna region in Nepal and then the 17 strong trekking team will be taking part in a two day community project at the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital just outside Kathmandu – the Hospital building and garden needs some TLC.
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