I could NOT be more excited to say that I’ve signed up to do a fundraising trek in India in October 2018! This is for my local adult’s hospice,
St Barnabas House, where I worked until recently.
St Barnabas House provides amazing end of life care to local people and also offers so much support to patients’ families and loved ones. The care they provide includes (but isn’t limited to) the In-patient Unit, Day Hospice, Community Palliative Care Team and the Hospice at Home Team who provide care in patients’ own homes.
In addition to my working for St Barnabas House, the hospice also provided end of life care to my friend Alun Bowen, who sadly passed away in June 2017. The care and support they gave to Alun and his family and friends was invaluable and taking part in this trek in his memory just makes it all the more meaningful and important to me.
This trek will not be an easy feat for me…I will be trekking 67km in the Himalayas, through Rhododendron forests, passing through Hindu settlements and Buddhist Monasteries and will involve a lot of tough ascents! I’m excited for the challenge and to give something back to this incredible organisation.
As St Barnabas House is a charity and receives hardly any government funding, the organisation relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the local community. To meet my minimum sponsorship for this trek I will be organising lots of events over the next year and plan to raise as much awareness for St Barnabas House as possible. If you would like to support me in my journey, any donation big or small is really appreciated and will go towards providing hospice care to people in Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield. Even if you could share my story with people you know, raising awareness really helps as well.
The easiest and fastest way to donate is through JustGiving, and you can find my page here: www.justgiving.com/carriesmith91
Thank you so much in advance. It means a lot to me. I hope to take you all on this journey with me, through my fundraising, my training and eventually, the trek itself.