Twentieth anniversary for popular Easter Walk for Jersey Hospice Care

Families are encouraged to join celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Doreen Hennessy Good Friday Walk, with a morning stroll along the Esplanade in aid of Jersey Hospice Care.

The first walk was organised by Doreen Hennessy in 1998 to raise money for an MRI scanner for the General Hospital. It was such a success that it became an annual event and Jersey Hospice Care was chosen as the charity to benefit thereafter. Since then, the walk has raised over £217,500 for Hospice.

Sacha Patel, Income Generation Manager at Jersey Hospice Care, said: ‘We’re delighted that the walk has been going for 20 years and it’s still so popular. We’d like to encourage as any people as possible who have taken part previously to join us to mark the occasion, as well as welcome new walkers. It’s perfect for families, as well as a lovely way to mark the start of the Easter weekend. The Doreen Hennessy Good Friday Walk has remained an important fundraiser in our calendar as it raises thousands for the charity each year, helping us to care for patients with a life limiting illness.

‘We would like to thank Whitmill for their ongoing sponsorship of the event, enabling us to provide Easter Eggs for all under 12s taking part, as well as covering the event costs. Local band, Run for Cover, has been a long-standing supporter of the walk and will, once again, be entertaining walkers.’

Frederick Deacon, Director at Whitmill Trust, commented, ‘Whitmill Trust are delighted to once again sponsor the Doreen Hennessy Good Friday Walk in aid of Jersey Hospice Care.

‘We wholeheartedly support the fantastic work that the Jersey Hospice Care team does and it is great to be able to help raise awareness of the charity and of course to also help raise the vital funds needed for the invaluable services they provide for patients and their families in our community.’

The Good Friday Walk starts at West Park from 09.00, with people walking up to St Brelade’s Parish Hall and back. Walkers can register beforehand or just turn up on the morning. There is no entry fee so we are asking walkers to raise a minimum of £10 in sponsorship – forms are also available.