Step Up for our hospice this summer

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We’re asking people in our community to step up to support us this summer, and make sure local terminally ill people can continue to have hospice care during these difficult times and beyond.

We’re asking people to walk, jog, run or climb a distance or height to raise vital funds, so no one faces death and loss alone.

Popular events like our annual Midnight Walk, aren’t possible at the moment causing a severe shortfall in funding. Step Up is a great opportunity to help our hospice, and your support has never been more vital than now.

Choose your own, personal challenge, or take on one that we suggest, and help make sure our expert teams can be there for others in your community.

For example, you could:
Run, walk or jog:
A marathon – 50,000 steps
The width of England – 150,000 steps
From Crawley to Paris – 300,000 steps

Or take your stairs, or some nearby steps, to climb the height of famous landmarks like:
Big Ben – 632 steps
The Shard – 1,326 steps
Scafell Pike – 6,180 steps

11-year-old Lauren Parker has already stepped up to support us. She’s chosen to climb 6,344m – the height of the Siula Grande Mountain in Peru. Lauren said, “I’m learning about mountains at school so I decided to climb the height of the Siula Grande. I’ll be going up and down my stairs at home about 80 times a day! I wanted to step up and raise money for St Catherine’s because they need our help more than ever. I feel proud knowing my challenge will help patients’ get lots of care when they need it most.”

Katy Cox also decided to use her stairs at home to support our hospice by climbing the height of the Shard. She said, “I decided to climb the height of the Shard because it’s the tallest building in Western Europe and somewhere I’ve enjoyed indulging in a cocktail! I’ve been climbing my stairs in fancy dress to make it more fun. I work at St Catherine’s and I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact our care has continued to have on local people during this crisis. Our services are needed now as much as they’ve always been. I’m aware of how much our hospice fundraising has been impacted by coronavirus so I wanted to do my bit to help. On a personal level it’s been great to have a challenge to focus on.”

Arron Trott, our Events Fundraiser  said, “We need our community’s support now, more than ever, to continue to be here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for local people who need hospice care and support. As the weather gets warmer we hope lots of you will take part in Step Up, at home or as part of your daily exercise. It’s a great motivator to keep yourself active and do something to help others in your community. We look forward to welcoming you to Team STCH!”

You can take part in Step Up at a time to suit you, but we’re encouraging people to take on a challenge, and aim to raise at least £100, throughout June and July if they can.

Ready to Step Up and do something amazing this summer? To set up your fundraising page and register your challenge please click here.