Staff from Gloucestershire doctors surgeries walk under the stars for hospice
By Bethany Winter | 8th October 2021
Staff from three GP surgeries in Gloucestershire are stepping out under the stars next weekend to help shine a light on the work of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, raising vital funds so care can continue for Gloucestershire patients.
A team of 30 strong doctors, practice nurses, receptionists, administrators, managers, and pharmacists from Church Street Medical based in Tewkesbury, West Cheltenham Medical and Prestbury Park Medical in Cheltenham are joining forces.
The Starlight Hike in Cheltenham, which is being sponsored by Capita, takes place on Saturday 16th October, giving walkers the opportunity to come together under the stars with family and friends and celebrate the lives of loved ones.
Starting and finishing at St Edward's Preparatory School, Charlton Kings, walkers will warm up with a fun Clubbercise session before setting out on a 10k walk around Cheltenham.
Walkers will have the opportunity to walk through the tranquil grounds of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, softly lit with festoon lights, and place a star in memory of those special to them.
Kirsty White, practice manager at Church Street Medical Tewkesbury, said: "The past 18 months have been so hard on everyone, and working on the frontline in healthcare has been a really difficult time.
"We have been facing such an unprecedented time and have been dealing with so much of the unknown while having to isolate from each other, which has been really hard. However, our three surgeries have remained open the whole time, we have remained positive and we have worked hard to keep a strong positive team work ethic as we have continued to be there for our patients.
"We wanted to do something fun to celebrate what we have achieved during this difficult time while safely bringing our teams together again after we have been working apart so long. We wanted to do something to help support the local community together too."
"We knew we wanted to do a charity event now that things are starting to get a bit more back to some kind of normality. We also wanted to do something that everyone across our three practices could do - not everyone wants to run a marathon or jump on a bike and do a ride!
"When we saw Starlight Hike - Cheltenham was taking place in October this was the perfect fit for us. It supports Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice - a local charity - and we have seen Sue Ryder support so many of our patients and their families. It feels good to be able to give something back on behalf of our patients who have received such great support from Sue Ryder by taking part in this fun event."
The 30-strong medical team plan to dress up on the night with glow sticks, matching headwear, Tutus and Sue Ryder shirts so they can all stand out and spot each other as they walk around the 10k route through Cheltenham.
Kirsty added: "We're really looking forward to taking Starlight Hike - Cheltenham on in a group and motivate each other. Seeing each other dressed up and not wearing our usual uniforms or scrubs will be quite fun too!"
The team hope to raise £500 for Sue Ryder. To support them visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Church-Street-Medical
The money raised by taking part in Starlight Hike - Cheltenham will go towards Sue Ryder's vital palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
Sign up to Starlight Hike - Cheltenham before midnight Sunday 10th October to receive an online discount on tickets at www.sueryder.org/hikecheltenham
You can contact the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice fundraising team with any queries by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01242 395450.
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