Stepping Out For Hospice Funds

The Northern Ireland Hospice is calling on the public to put a spring in their step and get registered for Hospice Big Walk Week.

Boosting the call to register, UTV's Julian Simmons and 'Mrs Walker', Olivia Nash have appealed to the public to support NI's biggest family walking event, now in its 30th year.

This year the Hospice event continues to secure 12 walks across NI including a challenge trek in the Mournes. A target of £200,000 has been set to help support the annual fundraising target of over £5 million.

Speaking at the launch event in Carrickfergus, Olivia Nash (pictured here with Hospice nurse, Ashley Leathem, and UTV's Julian Simmons) said: "With twelve walks across Northern Ireland, every age and fitness level is catered for.

"There's no excuse for not digging out the trainers from the back of the wardrobe and stepping out for Hospice!

"It's a great opportunity to get the family together especially after such a long and cold winter. It's now time to get up and out, have some craic along the way and raise money for Hospice."

The success of Hospice Big Walk Week over the years has been attributed to the long standing volunteers and supporters who give up their time so willingly to help. Speaking about the generosity of Hospice supporters Joanna Pawson, Fundraising Manager at Northern Ireland Hospice said: "The success of the Hospice Walk event has grown from humble beginnings.

"Thirty years ago ten campaigners and later the founders of Northern Ireland Hospice, walked around Belfast City Centre to raise awareness of the need for a hospice.

"Today and because of the ongoing support and generous public Hospice services have grown.

"Last year we were able to provide care free of charge to over 3,000 patients and their families. Hospice wants to do more and we hope people will walk and raise vital funds so that people in their local area receive the care they need."

Registering is easy visit www.nihospice.org or call the walk hotline on 90 777123 for you fundraising walk pack.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 June 2022
Pupils Benefitting From Lidl's 'Sport For Good' Initiative
Lidl Northern Ireland's 'Sport for Good' initiative is benefitting hundreds of secondary school pupils across County Antrim with a dedicated Mental Health Athlete Mentorship programme delivered by Youth Sport Trust, the UK's leading sports charity.
01 July 2022
NI Businesses Impacted By Skills Shortages
Northern Ireland businesses are experiencing the effect of ongoing skills shortages and recruitment challenges, according to the latest Business Barometer 2022 report from The Open University.
27 May 2022
Finance Minister To Ensure Energy Payments Are Made In NI
Finance Minister, Conor Murphy, has said that he is committed to working with Treasury to ensure the Energy Bills Support Scheme will provide assistance to citizens here given the absence of an Executive.
13 June 2022
UK Govt To Produce New Protocol Legislation
The UK Government is set to publish new legislation to give Ministers the power to scrap part of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol is part of the UK government's Brexit deal that keeps Northern Ireland within the EU Single Market. However, this has resulted in checks on goods coming into NI from the rest of the UK.
13 June 2022
Govt Must Take 'Serious Action' To Reduce Fuel Prices
With 50% of the cost of a litre of petrol or diesel going to the Treasury, the Government must take serious action to reduce fuel prices across the United Kingdom, DUP Treasury Spokesman Sammy Wilson has said. Mr Wilson said: "Fuel duty and VAT make up 50% of the cost of our fuel with green taxes attributing another 7%.