Good crowd sought in walk for hospice

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014

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A twilight walk honouring people who are receiving or have had hospice care is on February 15.

Hospice receptionist Natalie Cosgrove was part of a team of 10 in the Hibiscus Hospice Twilight Walk around the Orewa Estuary last year. They entered in memory of friend Linda Nancarrow and raised nearly $500 for the hospice through walk sponsorship. Linda died from breast cancer at her home while under hospice care 10 years earlier.

"Linda is always in our thoughts and will never be forgotten," Natalie says. "We also remember what a difference hospice made during Linda's last few months. Back then I knew nothing about hospice. But when I became one of Linda's caregivers I soon learnt how important and comforting it was to have hospice just a phone call away."

Natalie encourages as many people as possible to enter the walk, with organisers hoping to attract more than 500 in an effort to raise at least $20,000 this time.

The Saturday walk at 4pm caters for families this year, with a special registration offer of $40 for two adults and up to three children.

Two walk options are completing the entire 7.5km Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway, usually taking up to about two hours at a leisurely pace, or a 5km flat route.

Both start and finish at the Orewa Beach Reserve near the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club.

Afterwards, walkers can enjoy a glass of beer or wine, refreshments, music, children's entertainment and an auction.

Spot prizes are also offered.

Individuals and teams raising the most sponsorship are eligible for some great prizes too.

Register online, at any Hibiscus Hospice shop or at hospice reception, 2a John Dee Cres, Red Beach.

Visit hibiscushospice.org.nz.

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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