Giver Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds a boost for Mother’s Day

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Hospice bosses at Sue Ryder Wheatfields in Leeds are encouraging people to get behind a new fundraiser which aims to make Mother’s Day extra special this year.

‘Walk for Wheatfields’ is a new event taking place on Saturday March 10 as part of the hospice’s Mother’s Day campaign to raise enough funds to cover the cost of running of its care services for one day.

Some of the staff and volunteers at Wheatfields Hospice

Some of the staff and volunteers at Wheatfields Hospice

Organisers hope supporters across Leeds will make Mother’s Day a whole weekend celebration and sign up for the five-mile walk in north Leeds to help give Wheatfields a vital cash boost.

Each year the hospice needs to raise over £2.2m in donations to continue providing its specialist care services.

Peter Watson, senior community fundraiser at the Wheatfields hospice, said: “We’re excited to launch a brand new event this year, our Walk for Wheatfields. Come and join us to celebrate this special occasion by walking the five miles along the Meanwood Valley trail finishing in the beautiful surroundings of Golden Acre Park. You can make the whole weekend a special celebration.

“Whether you are walking in memory of a loved one or to have fun with family and friends, it’s going to be a very special day.”

The costs involved in running the Headingley hospice includes: £18 for an hour of specialist end-of-life and palliative care; £35 for a complementary therapy session to help alleviate symptoms and £50 for a session of bereavement counselling for someone struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.

For more information on Walk for Wheatfields visit www.sueryder.org/wheatfieldswalk or contact Peter Watson on 0113 2033302 or email peter.watson@sueryder.org or visit www.sueryder.org/wheatfieldswalk.

FACTFILE

£4m - the cost to run the hospice each year.

£2.2m - how much the hospice needs to raise in donations.

4,000 - the number of home visits provided by the community nurse specialists last year.

500 - the number of people who attended the day therapy unit last year.

700 - the number of people who received bereavement support last year.

£18 - the cost of an hour of specialist end of life and palliative care.

£35 - the cost of a complementary therapy session helping to alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, breathlessness, pain and feeling sick.

£50 - the cost of one session of bereavement counselling for someone struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.