Are you or someone you know looking for an adventure? Then join us in the beautiful Lake District as part of our first ever UK trek.
Caroline Mendes, who works in our Clinical Admin team, providing admin support to teams across the hospice, has already signed up for the challenge. Here, she explains why you should join her.
“St Catherine’s is a community and the Lake District is a community too. There’s so much to explore there and much more than you first see. It’s the same at St Catherine’s. People often assume there are just nurses and doctors at our hospice, but there’s a whole team of people working tirelessly to provide the local community with end of life care. And we have supporters who raise money so we can be there to care for others.
I’ve always felt an affinity to the Lake District and when large areas were flooded in December 2015 I started to follow a local website to keep up to date as the community rebuilt. People who live there are always sharing stunning pictures of the area and there are pictures of proposals, sunrises and all sorts! I can’t wait until June when I can experience the beautiful landscape in person instead of admiring it in a photograph. I’ve never walked the Peaks so when this trek came up it was perfect.
In my job I see firsthand the positive impact of the money that people raise for us on those who we care for. And I want to do my bit to raise funds too. It’s important people support St Catherine’s as you never know when you might need your local hospice. 40 years ago when my grandfather was unwell he didn’t have the option of hospice care. He had to be at home. It’s vital we make sure that hospice care is there for everyone in the future because it really makes a difference.
If you’re tempted, I’d encourage you to join me because you’re doing more than just challenging yourself. You’re helping terminally ill people in your community too. You’ll also get to enjoy breathtaking views without having to travel out of England. It’s a great opportunity to do something that’s not too far from home, and an opportunity that doesn’t always come around.
There’s a fantastic team ready to support you and those of us who have signed up are already doing training walks together. We’d love for you to join us!”
The Lake District 5 Peak Challenge takes place from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June 2019. It includes five of the Lake Districts most demanding mountain peaks, including the highest – Scafell Pike.