Hundreds of local men turn out to pound the pavement for Foyle Hospice

Sun, 30/09/2012 - 18:12 -- Editor

HUNDREDS of men and boys from the city turned out this afternoon to take part in the Foyle Hospice Sponsored Male Walk/Run 2012.

The sponsored walk kicked off at 1.30pm this afternoon from beside Sainsbury's on the Strand Road. Many of the particpants wore t-shirts bearing the faces of those they ran in memory of.

There were two routes this year - geared towards suiting all abilities. Both started and finished at Sainsbury’s car park and took in the Peace Bridge, the Limavady Road, the Foyle Bridge, Madam's Bank Road, the Quay.

All the funds raised today will play a major part in funding the crucial palliative care provided by the Foyle Hospice. The hospice provide free medical care to patients with cancer and their families. They also care for other patients with life-limiting illnesses from across the northwest.

In the last year alone, the Hospice's In Patient Unit had 157 admissions, their day therapy unit helped 988 patients and the Hospice's Specialist Homecare Nursing Team made 4,018 visits to the homes of cancer patients and their loved ones.

Hospice Care is based on a philosophy which recognises the need to treat each person with dignity, respect and compassion irrespective of their cultural or religious background and the Hospice's vision is that all adults in our local community living with life-limiting illness such as cancer, MS, Motor Neurone Disease, COPD and many more will have access to the best possible palliative care that is appropriate to their needs.

All those who took part today raised money to fund crucial services in the northwest and their efforts truly will make a difference to the lives of people living with a 
terminal illness.

If you would like more information on how to raise money for the Hospice simply contact the Fundraising Centre by phoning (028) 71 359 888 or email fundraising@foylehospice.com.