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Countdown underway to Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Walk the Wight 2017

Photo: Jason Swain

The countdown has started to the Isle of Wight’s largest fundraising event, Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Walk the Wight, which is being held on Sunday 14 May 2017. Registration for this unique and world famous walk launches later this week (Friday 27 January 2017) both online and in our ten hospice shops across the Island.
The iconic event, which started out in 1991 as a small team-building exercise for Morey’s staff, has grown to regularly attract more than 7,500 participants. Over £4million has been raised in total since the walk began, supporting patients, families and carers. 
2017 is the 35th anniversary of our Island hospice and it is hoped Islanders will help mark this special occasion by stepping out to Walk the Wight this year.
In recognition of this milestone, all of our fundraisers throughout the year – including those raising sponsorship for Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Walk the Wight - will receive a limited edition, anniversary badge to say “thank you” for supporting the hospice. Everyone who raises £35 or more will receive a Bronze anniversary badge. Those who go the extra mile and raise £350 or more will receive a Silver anniversary badge. And those who really step up to the challenge and raise £3,500 or more will receive a Gold anniversary badge.
Jax Jones, Major Events Fundraiser and Walk the Wight organiser, said: “The month of May might seem a long way away, but the sooner you sign up and get your walker pack, the sooner you can start fundraising and earn yourself a coveted anniversary badge! Will you go for Gold?”
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: “This is such a special year for the hospice and now is a great time to get involved with supporting your hospice. Every year, we must raise around £5million to ensure we can continue to provide our expert services, both now and for the next 35 years. I continue to be impressed with our community’s commitment to Walk the Wight and our Island hospice and I very much look forward to walking with you on Sunday 14 May.”
How to sign up:
Sign up for Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Walk the Wight from Friday 27 January by visiting or by popping in to one of our hospice shops. You can sign up to receive one of three packs:
  • Pay 25 Pack (pay £25 and receive a walker pack and T-shirt, £18 goes direct to the hospice)
  • Pledge Pack (commit to raise £100 and receive a free T-Shirt and a walker pack)
  • Standard Pack (receive a free walker pack, but please raise as much as you can to support the hospice)
All packs include an official sponsorship form.
How your fundraising makes a difference:
£35 means that we can:
  • pay for an hour of specialist nursing care
  • give any Islander an hour of bereavement counselling from our experts
  • provide a patient with four hours’ respite care, giving family and friends time to have a break
  • give a dying person two hours of personal care in the comfort of their own home
£350 means that we can:
  • pay for the care of one patient on our hospice ward for one day
  • supply enough oxygen to our patients on the hospice ward for one week
  • provide patients with fresh and healthy meals for one day
  • provide 8 people with a group exercise programme in our bespoke rehabilitation gym, to keep living whilst dying
£3,500 means that we can:
  • provide 8 patients with one month’s supply of medication and pain relieving drugs
  • provide one month of highly specialised nursing care and support to patients and their families
  • pay for 3 syringe drivers to relieve pain and discomfort for patients by controlling their medication
  • pay for a highly specialised, pressure relieving mattress to give the greatest comfort possible to a dying patient on our hospice ward

 "What should have been a very stressful time was eased by the love, professionalism and warmth we received from all the staff." 


Sandra Aldridge, wife of Colin