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Staff walk 500 miles for charities

Thomson Snell & Passmore staff completed a sponsored walk to support two very noteworthy local charities - Hospice in the Weald and EllenorLions Hospices.

Teams of walkers started from the firm's offices in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway meeting in the middle in Sevenoaks. The 35 participants walked a combined total of over 500 miles and raised over £3,200 from the sponsored walk which is added to more than £8,200 already raised by the Firm for these charities this year. Staff will also be racing again in a Chinese-style dragon boat at the Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday 12 September at Bewl Water to raise further money for the hospices. 

Based in Pembury in Kent, Hospice in the Weald provides specialist palliative care advice and clinical support for people with life limiting illness, their family and the bereaved. The hospice serves a community of approximately 300,000 over an area of 400 square miles of West Kent and East Sussex. The hospice need £4 million of funding this year and only receive 10% core funding from NHS making them one of the lowest funded in the country. 

EllenorLions Hospices are based in Northfleet and care for around 2,500 families every year. In December 2008 EllenorLions Hospices had to take the drastic action of launching an emergency appeal for fund as hospice care was at risk because of a £200,000 shortfall in funding. Through the support of the community this shortfall has now been raised however the hospice still needs further support to care for both patients and their families. 

Last year, with much appreciated support from friends and contacts, Thomson Snell & Passmore raised more than £9,000 for the Kent Wildlife Trust and the firm hopes to surpass this total this year.

Thomson Snell & Passmore Senior Partner James Partridge said: 

“The sponsored walk and Dragon Boat Festival are fun ways to raise money for the two very deserving local charities we are supporting this year. The hospices do vitally important work in caring for those people with progressive and life threatening illnesses and their families. Without such establishments many local people would struggle to cope with debilitating illnesses.” 

Linda Trew from EllenorLions Hospices and Amanda Wyatt from Hospice in the Weald were on hand to congratulate the walkers and receive the cheque.