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23 Jan

Two Hospices – One Challenge ‘Woodhall Off-Road Run’

For the first time in Hertfordshire hospice history, two of the area’s leading charities have joined forces to launch a brand-new mass participation fundraising event.

On Sunday, March 29th, Isabel Hospice and Garden House Hospice Care are hosting the first ‘Woodhall Off-Road Run’ in the beautiful setting of Woodhall Estate, near Watton-at-Stone.

The event has routes of 5K and 10K, and entrants are invited to walk, jog or run at their own pace and enjoy a rare opportunity to soak up the beautiful natural woodland and wild flowers of the stunning Estate, as they pass ancient trees, the River Beane and Broadwater Lake.

Each Hospice provides free end of life care to their local communities. Together, they serve a population of over half a million across Hertfordshire, caring for people who are living with a life limiting illness such as cancer, complex neurological conditions, heart failure, respiratory conditions and dementia.

Neither Isabel nor Garden House Hospice Care charge a penny for their care, and that is only possible because of fundraising events like the Woodhall Off-Road Run. If you would like to support local people in your area who are receiving palliative care, sign up to this first ever joint Isabel Hospice and Garden House Hospice Care fundraiser, at www.hertsoffroadrun.co.uk

Registration fees range from £7 to £18 and participants are being encouraged to raise £52 sponsorship or more, which could pay for two hours’ specialist nursing care.

Sue Plummer, CEO at Garden House Hospice Care, said: “We are delighted to collaborate on this event with Isabel Hospice.   We need to work together to help protect the future of free end of life care and ensure we continue providing our free services. Taking part in the Woodhall Off-Road Run is a great opportunity for people of all ages and fitness abilities to do something fun, whilst raising money through sponsorship.”

David Badger, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Isabel Hospice, added: “Joint working has been a positive experience for both Hospices and it has greatly benefited our patients. We have collaborated on a heart failure project as well as the provision of end of life education in care homes. Both Hospices were also successful in a collaborative bid to secure National Lottery Community funding for £450,000 to help fund a joint Compassionate Neighbours scheme to tackle the problem of social isolation within our communities. ”

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