A team of nine colleagues from the Independent Living Service – part of the West Sussex County Council – have recently walked 11 miles together along the Sussex Hospices Trail, raising £2,500 for St Barnabas House.
Covering a total of 200 miles, the Sussex Hospices Trail is a series of stunning walks which connect the twelve hospice care providers in Sussex.
Karen Ziaie, Senior Occupational Therapist at the Independent Living Service, said: “Our team is made up of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants who work with individuals who have long term physical conditions and disabilities. We chose to support St Barnabas as from time to time we cross paths with the hospice teams, so we know what excellent care they provide.
“Many of us also have a close connection to the cause as we have lost loved ones who the hospice has helped care for. In fact, our team for the walk was called ‘Team Eric’, in memory of one of our walker’s Dads who spent his final days at St Barnabas House.”
Wendy Bardsley, Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House, said: “As well as pulling on their walking boots, the Independent Living Service have also held a number of successful bake sales over the last two years, raising over £4,400 for the hospice. This is enough to fund 72 hours of Hospice at Home care from our team of nurses who look after patients in the comfort of their own homes.”