Taking a stroll in the country for Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 22 August 2017

Jolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0420. Picture: Terry Ife

Jolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0420. Picture: Terry Ife

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Hospiscare recently launched its 2017 edition of the Jolly Good Jaunt. We take a look back at how the event started.

Jolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0403. Picture: Terry IfeJolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0403. Picture: Terry Ife

In 2014, Hospiscare and the Midweek Herald joined forces to raise funds to develop a day centre in Honiton.

As the year progressed, so the sums raised grew and the campaign was ultimately successful, with the Kings House Day Hospice opening its doors in February 2015.

A range of fundraisers took place over a period of months but one of the headline events was the Jolly Good Jaunt, which took place in October 2014.

The sponsored walk took participants through the countryside near Honiton, after they set off from the Deer Park Hotel, to where they would return, once they had completed one of the two routes available - either five miles long, or 13.

Jolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0351. Picture: Terry IfeJolly Jaunt for Hospiscare. Ref mhh 43-16TI 0351. Picture: Terry Ife

An added part of the walk was that all those taking part were invited to wear tweed, whether that was a tweed jacket, cap or even a hanky in the pocket.

Event fundraiser Hannah Slater said at the time: “Hospiscare is really excited to launch this new event in aid of the new day hospice.

“A Jolly Good Jaunt is going to be a really fun day out.

“Having two walks allows everyone to take part; this will be very much a community event and we hope to see families, dog owners, teenagers and all generations showing their support.”

This trio ready to set off on Sunday.  Ref mhh 2913-41-15SH. Picture: Simon HornThis trio ready to set off on Sunday. Ref mhh 2913-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

After a successful first year, in which more than 250 walkers, of all ages, took part in the event and raised £10,000 towards the Hospiscare East Devon Day Hospice Appeal which paid towards equipping and furnishing the building, the charity decided to make the Jolly Good Jaunt an annual fixture in the calendar.

Speaking in 2015, when that year’s event was launched, Sarah Smith, Hospiscare fundraising manager, said: “We were absolutely thrilled by the response to our Jolly Good Jaunt.

“It was great to see so many people walking in the beautiful East Devon countryside raising money for us.

“We were very lucky that the sun shone all day and our walkers were able to enjoy their well-deserved hog roast in the lovely gardens of the Deer Park Hotel.”

Representing Tesco's Honiton store at the walk.  Ref mhh 2901-41-15SH. Picture: Simon HornRepresenting Tesco's Honiton store at the walk. Ref mhh 2901-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The structure of the event was altered, with only one route, of 7.5 miles put forward, but the aim of the event then, as now, was to raise funds to support running the Kings House Day Hospice.

The money raised also goes towards paying for the training of more volunteer care navigators.

People living with a life-limiting illness sometimes need a helping hand to achieve what is important to them.

Volunteer care navigators enable patients to live well at home within their own communities by offering emotional and practical support, helping patients as they navigate their local health care and social services.

Jolly Good Jaunt walkers.  Ref mhh 2886-41-15SH. Picture: Simon HornJolly Good Jaunt walkers. Ref mhh 2886-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

After another successful event in 2016, the Jolly Good Jaunt will be returning to The Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, on Sunday, October 29.

It will again be a 7.5-mile sponsored walk through the breathtaking beauty of the autumnal East Devon countryside and it’s never too early to sign yourself up for it. Catch the Early Bird offer of £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s before August 20.

Without the essential funds that these events raise, the important work of Hospiscare, which provides free, high-quality care and support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness and those close to them in Exeter, Mid and East Devon in caring for local patients and their families would be impossible.

To learn more about the event and to sign up, visit www.jollygoodjaunt.co.uk or call the fundraising team on 01392 688020.

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