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Pam’s Nepal Trek raises £5,000 for Pilgrims

Posted on 11 January 2018

Pam Guy from Folkestone has raised an amazing £5,000 for Pilgrims Hospices care. She is a regular hospice supporter, and decided to take up a personal challenge to help raise even more important funds for end of life care.

Wow, what an opportunity to really do something exciting and adventurous.

Pam, who is 64 years old, said: “I saw the Nepal trek in a Pilgrims Matters and I was hooked. I support Pilgrims regularly in a number of ways but always wanted to do my own special fundraiser. Wow, what an opportunity to really do something exciting and adventurous while supporting the charity that is so important to me.

“I had never done anything like this before and, having recently retired, I felt the time was right. My son was an incredible support and encouraged me to sign up for an adventure of a lifetime.”

Pilgrims is dear to Pam’s heart. Her husband, John, was cared for in the Ashford hospice in 2010. She also had very close friends who received care at Pilgrims. Pam explained: “The care, kindness and support given has left a lasting memory for me.”

Pam trained for the trek up and down the white cliffs of Dover: “The Himalayan trek was most definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. As a group, we supported each other and pushed ourselves to the limits. Everyone on the trek had some connection to Pilgrims. We shared stories and our journey was filled with joy and much laughter. When I got to the top of Poon Hill for the sunrise, I was exhausted and breathless with a real lump in my throat thinking of my husband, my friends and all those who had sponsored me. It really was an amazing feeling.

It was something I will never forget.

“It was something I will never forget. The friends I’ve made and the whole experience, from fundraising, training and trekking – it’s been fantastic!”

Robert Grew, Event Fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospices, said: “Pilgrims arrange a wide variety of fundraising activities throughout the year.  The Nepal trek, journying high through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas, is particularly spectacular. We would like to thank Pam for her incredible fundraising efforts and we appreciate her continued support.”

Pam continued: “I’ve been completely humbled by the support I received. The money will truly help to make a difference.

I have never forgotten the kindness and care my husband and family were given by Pilgrims.

“I have never forgotten the kindness and care my husband and family were given by Pilgrims. I hope to inspire others to do something to help raise funds for hospice care. I feel that I’ve achieved something incredible, and I know John would be really proud of me.”

If you would like to receive a copy of Pilgrims Hospices Events 2018 brochure or express an interest in one of the events, please contact 01227 812 609 or view Pilgrims event calendar to see what’s happening in your area.

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. We offer a range of services: from end of life care given on our wards, to our new Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.


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