The care provided by St Michaels Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support inspired a Hastings woman to organise a pier to pier charity event raising over £500.
Carly Tyler, 27, from Hastings took part in St Michaels Hospice ‘Colour the Coast’ event with a few friends and family last month and decided it was so much fun and so rewarding, she should organise her own own event to raise more money for the charity.
Carly’s Nan, Grandad and Uncle all passed away in the last three years and all received care from the hospice. Carly’s mother-in-law also had breast cancer but survived with the care and help from these charities so she wanted to give something back.
Carly was inspired to get a few friends together, have some fun and raise money and decided on a walk from Eastbourne Pier to Hastings Pier.
Nine people took part including a couple of people who Carly did not know after promoting the walk on Facebook.
Carly said: “It was a lot of fun and I think we shall stay friends!”
On a lovely but windy day, the group enjoyed the walk and had a laugh after taking a few unplanned detours and meeting lovely people on the way.
Carly said: “We even had some very kind people offer us there garden wall to rest on for a short while whilst they made us a drink!
“We completed the walk in 5 hours and 50 minutes and all came in together at the end!
“We haven’t got all of the money back yet so I don’t have a definite figure yet but we have definitely broken our target of raising £500.
“We even raised around £50 from passers by that approached us in the street! This will all go into the overall donation.”
Carly now plans to take part in another 16 mile sponsored walk for the hospice on September 28. On this occasion Carly and others will be walking from Pevensey to Battle in aid of St Michaels Hospice.
“Crazy, I know, I seem to have found my new interest,” added Carly.