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Terrific Triathlons, Champion Charity Sales & Zero Gravity Challenges!

By September 9, 2021October 11th, 2022No Comments

We’ve always been astounded by the incredible kindness and generosity of the St Peter & St James Hospice community, but this past year – more than ever – has highlighted just how compassionate and generous people can be.

In honour of our lovely supporters across Sussex and beyond, we publish a monthly round-up celebrating some of our hospice community heroes: a snapshot of just a few of the brilliant people making our work possible. We would love to say a heartfelt thank you to this month’s heroes, and also extend this outwards to the hundreds of others who stand with us in being there for local families living with terminal illness.

Steve Hayman has been a supporter of ours for over 20 years, even more so since we cared for his late father in 2017. He has raised money for us in many different ways over the years, including a musical evening and a group trek in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We have also cared for a good friend of his, which further spurred Steve on with his fundraising efforts.

On Friday 27th August, Steve took part in a daring Zero Gravity Flight challenge (that had been delayed since October 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions) in Bordeaux, France. He successfully flew weightlessness onboard the Airbus A310, and in doing so raised over £3000 for us. What an amazing achievement!

Steve has also previously raised £7200 for us in 2018, enough for him to ‘Pay for a Day’ of hospice care, which fell rather fittingly on what would have been his father’s 86th birthday.

Thank you Steve for your dedicated long-running support, we are incredibly grateful for all of your hard work.

To view Steve’s fundraising page and read more of his story, click here.

Henry Cope took part in the London Triathlon on 8th August for our hospice. He wanted to raise enough to sponsor a room in memory of his grandfather, Robert, whom we cared for last February.

‘The race day itself (Sunday 8th Aug) was an amazing day and one that I will never forget! My swim started at 07:35am in the London Docklands in bright sunshine; however, in true British Summer style, it was horizontal rain by the Bike section 45 mins later! It was great to be allowed spectators for the run section and the course was packed. In the end I managed to finish in a time of 2hrs 43 mins which was inside my ambition of sub 3hrs making it even more satisfying.
I have managed to raise £2,073 which has far exceeded my expectations, and the generosity of others shows what a great place the Hospice is!’

Thank you Henry, what an outstanding achievement!

To view Henry’s fundraising page and read more of his story, click here.

Eleonore, Arianna & Fern have been very kindly fundraising for us in their summer holidays. They designed their own poster for a charity sale they held, selling drawings, books, biscuits and more to raise money for our hospice. They have also been enjoying walks with their mum throughout the summer on the public footpath that goes through the hospice land – they particularly loved seeing the donkeys!

In total, the girls raised a brilliant £42.30 for the hospice – well done!

Thank you very much for your kindness girls, we greatly appreciate your excellent efforts!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everybody featured in this month’s hospice community heroes round-up, we are always astounded by your efforts and determination and are incredibly grateful for every single donation.