Charity walkers help raise £2k for appeal

Some of the walkers who took part in the Brian Morris Walk from Norbreck Castle to Starr Gate for Hospice Heroes.
Some of the walkers who took part in the Brian Morris Walk from Norbreck Castle to Starr Gate for Hospice Heroes.
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A group of charity walkers have raised more than £2,000 for our Hospice Heroes campaign.

Up to 12 people took part in the Brian Morris Walk, from Norbreck Castle to Starr Gate and back, in support of our campaign for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

The walk, which took place last month, was the third organised by Brian Morris and Michael Edwards.

Michael said: “We haven’t got all the sponsorship back yet, but we’re sure we’ve raised more than £2,000.

“For the last two years we have done the walk from Preston Football Club to Bloomfield Road, but we had more walkers this year so we decided to do a shorter route and stay in Blackpool.

“We did around 13 to 14 miles, and everyone completed it and enjoyed taking part, even one man who had sciatica.

“A lot of them are already talking about taking part again next year.”

Both Brian, of Ashfield Road, Blackpool, and Michael, of Plainmoor Drive, Norcross, have close links with Trinity, and half always raised funds to support it.

Brian, 67, is a volunteer at the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, and Michael had a friend who died there.

Michael, 45, said: “Everyone put in a lot of effort, and I want to thank everyone who took part.

“We’re all really pleased with the amount of money we raised, especially in this day and age and the climate we are in.

“Just for people to put in this much time and effort into supporting charity is fantastic. Not everyone collected sponsorship – they just wanted to take part in the walk, but they gave a donation for doing so.”

We’re aiming to raise £200,000 through or Hospice Heroes campaign to help pay for the biggest refurbishment in the history of Trinity Hospice, which turns 30 next year.

We’ve already raised £141,700.

Our money is being put together with a £200,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the work, which is currently being carried out by Blackpool-based R P Tyson.

Already, half of the work has been completed, and is already being enjoyed by patients on Trinity’s inpatient unit and at Brian House.

The work includes new single bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a new family area and a new kitchen at Brian House.

The project is expected to be completed in June, when Brian House will also boast new-look bedrooms which will be fit for the future.