Posted: Sat 2nd Mar 2024

Intrepid group raises nearly £80,000 for Wrexham-based hospice for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

Trekking for a Cause: Intrepid Group Raises Nearly £80,000 for Nightingale House Hospice

An adventurous group of trekkers have raised almost £80,000 for Nightingale House Hospice.

The team of 30 took on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain in October 2023 in aid of patient care at the Wrexham Hospice.

Since then they have continued their fundraising efforts and have raised an astonishing total of £78,878.52.

Carole Hughes said she took on the international challenge to say thank you for the “phenomenal care and support” the hospice provides.

She said: “As a family, we experience how Nightingale helps people like my husband, David.

“We wanted to give something back to the hospice in recognition of the phenomenal care and support they had provided to my husband and the family as a whole.

“We also realise that if it hadn’t been for the fundraising from people before us, then we wouldn’t have had these facilities, so we also did it so that people in the future can benefit, too.

“We also wanted to do something for David in his memory as a family, it gave us a purpose to move forward at that moment in time.”

Commenting on the trek Carole said: “You realise that they are not called ‘challenges’ for no reason.

“You don’t realise how resilient you are and how deep you can dig inside yourself to achieve and complete the challenge.

“Also, the camaraderie of the whole group empowers you and gives you the strength to finish.”

“My favourite part of the trek was the preparation, anticipation, fundraising, the unknown, but then when you do the challenge.

“It’s the camaraderie and friendships you make – you are all doing the challenge for a reason, and all have a story to tell that bonds you together for life.”

Following the success of the Camino de Santiago challenge, the Wrexham Hospice has recently announced its next international challenge to help raise much-needed funds for patient care.

Chloe Deacon, Supporter Engagement Fundraiser, said,:“Nightingale House is thrilled to announce an amazing opportunity to trek the Mont Blanc region of the Alps between 11 to 15 September 2024.

“This exciting challenge will take a group of trekkers through France and Switzerland in just three days, offering stunning cliffs, waterfalls flowing from glaciers, and traditional Swiss villages, witnessing some of Europe’s most spectacular view.

“All whilst supporting the local community by raising funds for patient care.”

Carole added: “Not only will the hospice benefit from the money you raise, but you as a person will benefit. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

“Do it. Take on a challenge and do it for you or in memory of someone special. It’s a lovely and rewarding experience you will never forget.”

If you want to learn more, please email [email protected] or call the Nightingale House Fundraising Team on 01978 314292.

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