In 2014 St Wilfrid’s Hospice embarked upon a major capital appeal to raise at least £15.5 million to create a new purpose-built, modern Hospice. A building which would enable us to deliver even greater care to patients and their loved ones, expand our services and meet the growing need for our care now and in the future.
We have made significant progress in raising the funds for our new Hospice and are now at 88% of our overall target. However, we still have £1.8 million left to raise in just 10 months! As a local charity we are incredibly reliant upon the generosity of our community to back our campaign and become DREAM BUILDERS!
Two of our fantastic supporters have just completed our Dream Wheelers challenge, cycling 100 miles over 2 days through Normandy, France.
David Myers explains why he took on the challenge:
I have had a long association with St Wilfrid’s from being a Trustee in the early days when the Hospice was only a vision and funds had to be raised to build the Hospice in Donnington. I was personally involved in the financial structuring of the first St Wilfrid’s shops which have been a great success over the years.
Then 12 years ago my wife, Jan, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and St. Wilfrid's came into its own when she was welcomed to the day care centre and she was looked after with so much care and compassion during respite periods and in her final months.
I really value the opportunity to be involved in the fun challenge that Dream Wheelers represents and play a small part in the successful development of the new Hospice in Bosham.”
Fellow rider Pam Wilkinson explains her reason for taking part:
“I signed up for the Dream Wheelers challenge not only because the new Hospice is a great cause, but because at 71 I felt I was at a cross roads in terms of physical fitness. Riding 100 miles on a bike is a major challenge for me as I normally just cycle locally or maybe down the Hayling Billy Trail on an energetic day. But I felt the French ride would be a manageable challenge and give me the incentive to put in some serious training! I’ve been doing that, and am now confident I will manage the 100 miles – though I suspect I’ll be walking up some of the hills.”
Our team of seven riders have done a marvellous job with their fundraising to date, but there is still time to support them and help St Wilfrid’s raise the remaining £1.8 million needed to create its DREAMBUILDING. http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/dreamwheelers2018