On Saturday 22 September, for the second year running, Eastbourne College was delighted to host the start and finish of St Wilfrid’s Hospice annual Jim Jam Walk. Many of the 440 participants entered enthusiastically into the spirit of the evening and completed the 10km dressed in their pyjamas. Almost 150 staff and pupils from the College joined the general public for this fun event.
The event started at Eastbourne College where walkers and runners limbered up on College Field with an energetic warm-up led by Head of Academic PE, Jess Simmonds. Olympic torchbearer, Gavin Owen, was on hand to then cut the ribbon and get the show on the road.
The Langham Hotel provided refreshments for the runners and walkers as they reached the mid-walk point and once back at Eastbourne College, bowls of delicious home-made soup and rolls greeted the returning participants at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised event.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity that provides skilled and compassionate care and treatment for all patients with complex needs as they near the end of life. It has cared for over 15,000 patients over the last 28 years, and nearly a third of all their patients are under 65 years of age. They have a loyal and dedicated staff of health care professionals to support their services, but constantly need the support and kindness of public donation.
The aim of the walk was to raise as much money as possible to support the ongoing work of the Hospice, and in particular, to help fund the construction of a brand new Hospice on the outskirts of Eastbourne.
Eastbourne College participants raised in excess of £2,000 towards the Hospice’s projected total for the Jim Jam Walk of around £18,000.