With the evenings getting longer and flowers appearing in the hedgerows, it really feels as though spring is on the way. So now’s the time to shake off that feeling of hibernation and open the door to some fresh new activities.
Local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell has lots of events and activities planned for the spring and summer, and is looking for people to take part in them. A wide range are on offer, from skydives and abseils to sponsored walks and Tea@3 get-togethers, so whether you’re a fun-runner, a risk-taker or a cupcake-maker, there’ll be something for you.
For the daring among you, a Skydive day may give you the adrenaline hit you’re after. Make your jump on Friday 23rd March, Wednesday 6th June or Wednesday 19th Sept, at the UK’s largest skydiving drop zone, in Netheravon, Salisbury, where the Army Parachute Association will provide you with in-depth training before attaching you to one of their experienced tandem instructors for the jump. Or if that’s a bit too high, you could try the Spinnaker Tower Abseil, on Sunday 3rd June or Saturday 1st September.
If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, how about the Dash of Colour? This 5k fun run will be held at Frimley Lodge Park on Saturday 1st September and will see you showered with colourful powder paint, including gold and silver shimmer, as you run, jog or walk around the course. Can’t wait ‘til then? Try the Bubble Rush on Sunday 17th June, at Merrist Wood College, Guildford. At stations along the route of this 4k family fun run, high-powered cannons will blow out coloured foam for you to burst your way through!
If you’d prefer something a little more sedate, perhaps a sponsored Walk for the Wards around Frensham on Sunday 1st July? Or the Open Gardens event which runs from May to September and sees residents across Surrey and Hampshire open their gardens to raise money for Phyllis Tuckwell. On Saturday 14th July you can wander around the Hospice’s gardens too – and why not fill your own flower beds with a variety of plants from Phyllis Tuckwell’s plant sales, held at the Hospice on the first Sunday of every month, from April to October.
For those who like life on two wheels, Phyllis Tuckwell is proud to have been chosen as a partner charity for the Little Lumpy bike ride on 20th May, which sets off from Haslemere. Cyclists can choose from 40, 60 or 100 mile routes and Phyllis Tuckwell has guaranteed places. Or maybe you’d prefer Prudential Ride London, on Sunday 29th July.
If you’d rather arrange your own event, you could hold a Tea@3 gathering – just pick a date, invite family and friends, and provide tea and cakes. Phyllis Tuckwell will send you a free Tea@3 pack to help you plan your event.
Whichever you choose, every penny you raise will go towards helping Phyllis Tuckwell care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Every day it supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all of these services, which it gives free of charge to its patients and their families.
For more information visit www.pth.org.uk/event-diary, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Phyllis Tuckwell’s Fundraising team on 01252 729446.