It's back with a twist
Hospiscare’s flagship Men’s Walk event is back – with a twist – this March, to celebrate its tenth anniversary – and this year the charity needs the support of the community more than ever.
The popular event, which normally sees over a thousand men walking eight miles through Exeter in support of the local hospice charity, has revamped its format this year to adapt to the times.
From the outset of the pandemic, Hospiscare adapted its fundraising efforts to ensure that its vital care for people living with life-limiting illnesses can continue at no cost to its patients. To ensure that Men’s Walk can take place this year safely and in-line with government guidance, Hospiscare has introduced Men’s Walk–Your Way.
Taking place on Saturday 20 March, participants will walk a route of their choice in their local area, which means that everyone can take part safely from any corner of Devon – or the world!
All of the iconic elements of Men’s Walk will remain the same. Every walker will receive a Men’s Walk t-shirt, a special 10th-year anniversary beer courtesy of Exeter Brewery and a pasty from Chunk of Devon – not to mention Ireland vs England in the Six Nations rugby tournament to enjoy on the box afterwards!
Wherever the route and location, participants will be walking together in spirit to support people and families living with a terminal illness across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.
Hospiscare CEO, Andrew Randall, says: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on our income in the last year. As a small local charity, 82% of our funding comes from local people who are determined to help others when they need it most. We simply couldn’t provide our specialist end-of-life care without the support of people who take part in events such as Men’s Walk – and we’ve never needed the support more than now.