The first ever It’s A Knockout competition in aid of the Hospice took place on Sunday 3rd July at Haileybury (Hertford Heath), with 19 teams competing for the winner’s trophy. The Junior Sharks Rugby Team from Ware were the winners and the prize for raising the most money went to Mum’s the Word headed up by Sarah Tillbrook from Hertford whose team raised £2,250.
Organised by Sue Sexton and her fellow Vietnam trekkers, the day was just like the original TV programme with lots of fun an...d entertaining games, involving inflatable obstacles, costumes, water and bubbles. The games were designed so all abilities could take part and were a balance between lucky, funny, team and relay games. The emphasis was to have fun which everyone did!
Sue said “Wow! What a fantastic day!! The Isabel Hospice It’s A Knockout 2016 raised £20,000 on one of the sunniest days of the year. We had 190 people competing, all hoping to win the Champions Trophy. The 300 supporters were made up of family and friends really made it a special atmosphere. As someone who is now experiencing first-hand the truly unbelievable service and support that the Isabel Hospice offer, not only to the patient but also their family, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and made Sunday such a phenomenal success.”
Desiree Zimmerman, Fundraising Director for the Hospice said “Sue and her fellow Vietnam trekkers worked tirelessly to make this event the success it was. We are delighted the sun shone and everyone had such a fantastic day. Thanks to Sue, her organising committee, the competitors and their supporters as well as all the volunteers who came along to ensure the smooth running of the event. £20,000 is a magnificent sum and will cover the cost of 153 home visits by our team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, enabling patients to spend their last days at home, if that is their wish.”
Sarah Tillbrook headed up the team Mum’s The Word. Sarah from Hertford took part with friends. She said “On 23rd November last year my lovely Mum, Pam Reed, was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal lung cancer. Just six weeks later on 4th January she passed away.
Throughout her final weeks she was an absolute inspiration, positive to the end and injected humour into even the darkest moments. That is why I took part in the 'It's a knockout' competition with some lovely Mummy friends. Mum would have found this utterly ridiculous and would have been there supporting me (and laughing at me!). We are taking part in this event in aid of Isabel hospice who provided so much care and support to Mum, and all of our family during her final days. They also supported mum with home visits when she was first diagnosed and this was invaluable to her.”