15th July 2016

Dawn to dusk walk for hospice care


A retired driver from Worcester has walked the entire length of the Worcestershire Way, raising over £600 in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

Dave Till, aged 67 from St John’s, decided to take on the challenge in support of St Richard’s to remember his wife who is living with dementia.

The 31 mile dawn to dusk walking challenge from Bewdley to Malvern was organised by the hospice on Friday 17th June. Mr Till completed the route in just ten hours and was the ninth walker to cross the finish line.

Mr Till said; “I have long been a supporter of St Richard’s and wanted to doing something different to help them continue their valuable work. My wife, Georgina, has struggled with dementia for a number of years and so I also wanted to do something to remember her. I was very humbled by the fact that not one single person I asked to sponsor me said no, and I am delighted to have raised £606 for the hospice.”

More than 130 walkers took part in the annual St Richard’s Worcestershire Way Walk last month, braving the unsettled weather on the day.

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “It was a great event with team spirit and camaraderie amongst the walkers taking part. This year, the going was quite muddy after a week of heavy rain, and this added to the challenge. We are very grateful to Dave and all the other participants who completed the route and are raising funds to help us continue to care for patients at the end of their lives, and support their families.”

Anyone interested in taking on a similar challenge might be interested in signing up for the St Richard’s Waterways Walk on Sunday 7th August.