29th July 2015

Walk Worcestershire’s waterways for hospice

Walkers, nature lovers and hospice supporters are being invited to join the St Richard’s Hospice Waterways Walk and help raise funds to help the hospice care for patients with life threatening illnesses.

The sixth annual Waterways Walk will take place on Sunday 2nd August, and will include a choice of two distances. The 11 mile route will take walkers from Diglis via Tibberton to the finish line at Hanbury Wharf. An alternative 21 mile flat circular route is also available for the more adventurous – a walk starting and finishing at Droitwich, taking walkers via Diglis along the restored Worcester and Birmingham Canal, passing no less than 41 locks.

Helen Mullen, aged 39 from Worcester, who is currently being treated for ovarian cancer, will join over 80 people already signed up to the walk. Helen, who works for the University of Worcester will be joined by her husband Tony, a local driving instructor. The couple are keen walkers and have been training for their 21 mile sponsored walk whenever possible, including local training walks around Hanbury, Martley and Malvern.

Mrs Mullen said; “In the last 7 years I’ve become hugely aware of the great work St Richard’s Hospice do. In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and following surgery, chemo and radiotherapy I met some wonderful ladies who’d all been through the same. Unfortunately two of these ladies are no longer with us, but both benefited from the great work of St Richard’s. There were times last year when I couldn’t even walk round a supermarket but since I finished my chemo at the end of last year I’ve been trying to improve my fitness and the walk is a great goal to have whilst also raising money for a great cause.”

To donate to Helen’s fund, visit www.justgiving.com/helenbonbellon

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said, “This is really a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty and nature of Worcestershire’s waterways. This annual event is always great fun with a friendly atmosphere and is suitable for all the family, although you also need to be reasonably fit to walk either route. Lots of people have already signed up to take part but we are hoping that many more will join us for this memorable event and raise funds to help the hospice continue to offer compassionate care to those who are at the end of their lives.”

The Waterways Walk is now in its sixth year and is kindly sponsored by Droitwich Spa Marina. To find out more and to register for the event visit our Waterways Walk event page.

Registration is £10 per person, £5 for under 16s. For more information contact the hospice’s Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.