Challenge yourself and become a St Clare Superhero in 2019!

Challenge yourself and become a St Clare Superhero in 2019

THOSE looking for a new adventure in 2019 can find out how to make their year thrilling, and raise money for a local charity, at St Clare Hospice’s first ever Challenge Information Evening.

An industry expert will explain the range of challenges to choose from at the event, which takes place on Thursday 7th February 2019, 6:30-8:00pm, at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood in Essex. Attendees will also be able to ask questions, share ideas and start planning their next adventure or trip of a lifetime.

Adrenaline junkies can find out about the range of challenges they can take on, from jumping out of a plane to cycling the length of the country; whilst those with wanderlust will enjoy hearing about trekking in Cambodia or walking the Great Wall of China to raise money for their local Hospice.

Emma Broadbent, Challenge Events Fundraiser at St Clare Hospice, said: “If you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, and to raise money for your local Hospice, then come to our first ever Challenge Information Evening and we can help you find the perfect event for you. Whether you want to jump out of a plane, cycle the length of the country or climb a mountain, we can help you do it!

Emma added: “We’re so lucky to have so many dedicated supporters who will literally run miles and fall out of planes to raise money for us; we call them our St Clare superheroes!”

A number of St Clare Hospice’s supporters take on numerous challenges throughout the course of the year to make substantial donations to St Clare Hospice. One such St Clare Superhero is Ray Cogan, from Stansted Mountfitchet, who took on a ‘marathon’ running challenge to complete 12 races in 12 months, to raise money for the St Clare in memory of his friend Dave Ramm who received care from the Hospice in 2015.

As the year progressed, the father of two decided to up his goal to a staggering 16 races – which saw him cover a total of 64 miles swimming, 1,200 miles cycling and 828 miles running (including his training miles). Ray completed his final challenge on Sunday 2nd December, participating in the St Clare Hospice Santa Run, a 5k fancy-dress fundraising race held in Debden. This marked Ray’s 16th major race of the year and took his fundraising total to nearly £4,500.

Another St Clare superhero is Kim Bird, from Bishop’s Stortford, who raised almost £7,000 over the course of the year (Sept 2017-18) in memory of a dear friend who was cared for at St Clare.

Emma added: “We’re so grateful to all of our adventurous, adrenalin-fuelled supporters. If you’re feeling inspired to join our superhero team then pop along on the 7th February and we can help you to do something amazing!”

In 2018, local St Clare supporters raised a record-breaking £80,000 in vital funding for the West Essex and East Herts hospice, from taking on sponsored challenges in aid of the charity alone. This year, the organisation hopes to top that by encouraging more people than ever to get active and help support their local hospice.

For more information about taking on a challenge in aid of St Clare Hospice, visit their website at: stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/challenges

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