Over 400 people came out to walk the Mud Creek Trail for the 2nd Annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday, April 29th raising over $60,000 to support the ongoing operational needs of Chatham-Kent Hospice.
The hike kicked off with opening remarks from our Co-Chairs Helen Robertson and Josette de Brouwer, Rachel Schwarz singing “O Canada” and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 642 Pipe Band leading the walk as participants headed out on the trail. Many hikers were walking in memory of someone and took the opportunity to tie a ribbon on the Memory Wall to honour their loved one.
“Once again, I am amazed with the generosity of our community. Thank you Chatham-Kent! Your support allows Hospice to continue to offer end-of-life care to families when they need it the most. A special thank you to the many volunteers and sponsors who made this event possible including our lead sponsors the Chatham Lions Club, MC Business Solutions & MicroAge,” said Jodi Maroney – Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.
The fundraising walk coincided with the residential hospice’s two year anniversary of operations. Over the past 24 months, Chatham-Kent Hospice has cared for over 425 families from across the municipality. Residents and their families receive compassionate, end-of-life care at no cost to the family thanks to generous support from the community.