The Great Wall of China
On Saturday 22nd October last year; 21 eager fundraisers took on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Wall of China. This physically demanding challenge was approx. 70km of trekking along The Great Wall from Huangyaguan to Badaling, Beijing. They conquered rough, rocky terrain, trekked through woodland, farmland and tackled many steep and narrow steps along the way, the fabulous scenery and the fascinating insight into the culture and history got them all through the challenge.
Sandra Dade, Paul Sartori Charity Manager started recruiting participants to take part in 2016, this challenge was arranged to raise vital funds and awareness for the Hospice at Home Service. Each participant firstly needed to raise enough money to take part, some paid out of their own pockets and others did various fundraisers; from Bingo nights, auctions, raffles, fashion shows and Ladies nights. A special thanks goes to everyone who sponsored, donated prizes for, supported or took part in the events organised by the trekkers.
The 10 day challenge was not easy, it required the participants to build up their physical fitness months before the trip, as they trekked for up to 8 hours a day. There were some tumbles and minor injuries along the way but the team built up tremendous bonds, which made the experience one never to be forgotten.
Together they raised a fantastic £28,150.00. The money raised through this adventure is outstanding and provides unrestricted funds to enable us to direct the money where it is most needed. But it is impossible to put a price on how our challengers have spread the word about our services and what we do.
Sandra Dade said “If one participant directs a friend, neighbour or family member to our services and we help them to meet their wish to die at home with dignity, independence and surrounded by those they love, this challenge becomes priceless. Every person who took part in this challenge is worth their weight in gold and I am in awe of their achievements and support.”
The next oversea’s challenge is March 2021 which will take us through the tea plantations in Kerala, India.
Dragon LNG have announced their charity of the year for 2019 will be Paul Sartori Hospice at Home. Dragon LNG, located in Waterston, asked their staff to select a local Pembrokeshire Charity to support throughout 2019. Three charities were short listed, with Paul Sartori Hospice at Home winning the final vote. It kick-started the Charity partnership by having a coffee morning on 21st February. A number of staff fundraising events within work are held throughout the year, including cake sales and a Christmas jumper day. Some of the staff will also do individual events to raise money for the Charity.
Lynette Round, Communications and Facilities Coordinator at Dragon LNG, recently met with the team at Paul Sartori to discuss the year ahead and future events they would like to hold. Lynette said, “We hold the vote each year for staff to have the opportunity to select a Charity close to them, the local Charity with the most votes becomes Dragon LNG’s Charity partner. We are delighted to support Paul Sartori throughout 2019 and help spread awareness of the work they carry out within Pembrokeshire.”
Heather Green, the Complementary Therapy Team Coordinator at Paul Sartori; said, “We are so grateful that Dragon LNG have chosen Paul Sartori Hospice at Home as their charity of the year. It is through the generosity of local businesses
We recently met up with a long-time supporter of Paul Sartori Hospice at Home. Joanne Lutwyche from Angle has been organising and holding events all in aid of the Pembrokeshire Charity since 2014. Her events ranged from Garden shows and Angle New Year’s Day Swims to Bingo. Joanne has raised a staggering £10,643.58 over the last 5 years.
Joanne chose to support Paul Sartori after they supplied vital equipment for her mum to come home when she was unwell, this meant that Joanne’s mum was able to spend her final days at home with her family around her. The Bereavement support and Complementary therapies were other services which Joanne was unaware of prior to using Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me at all of the events over the last five years” said Joanne. “It would not have been possible without all of the support” continued Joanne.