Walk for the Wards is an annual sponsored event which raises money to help fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Sadly, the event was cancelled last year because of Coronavirus restrictions, but this year it will be able to go ahead.
The Walk will start from Waverley Abbey School, with staggered start times to encourage social distancing. There will be a 5 and a 10 mile route available, both of which will take walkers around the beautiful village of Tilford, and all walkers will be offered a free ice cream at the finish. Entry will be free, all that Phyllis Tuckwell asks is that participants aim to raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship. A virtual option will also be offered, for those who would prefer to choose and complete their own route separately.
“Our 2021 Walk for the Wards will be the first participation event we have held since the pandemic forced us to cancel the majority of our events last year,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Because of Covid, we lost a huge amount of income, which would have gone directly towards helping fund the care which we provide for our patients and their families, at a time when they need us most.”
As the NHS/Government usually only covers about 20% of Phyllis Tuckwell’s costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all of its services to its patients and their families. However, with many of its events cancelled or postponed due to Covid, its fundraising income has been greatly reduced over the last year. Throughout the pandemic, Phyllis Tuckwell has continued to be there for its patients and their families, using phone and video calls, doorstep deliveries and PPE to keep its patients and staff safe.
“With the lockdowns forcing us to cancel many of our events, this year’s Walk for the Wards is more important than ever,” continues Fiona. “Our local community have been so supportive throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to welcoming them back to this event and raising much-needed funds to support our vital care. We have worked hard to ensure that the event will be Covid-compliant, and hope that everyone has a wonderful time taking part.”
If you would like to sign up for Walk for the Wards, please visit www.pth.org.uk/walk-for-the-wards-2021.