Stepping out for the Sunset Walk

By signing up to the Sunset Walk, over 300 fundraisers have so far stepped forward in a show of support for people living with a terminal illness.

As they walk together on Saturday 20 July they will be raising vital funds – helping to ensure hospice care is always there for people when, and where, they need it.

Walking alongside her family in Sutton Park will be Nicola Heywood from Tamworth. Nicola’s nan Brenda Tuckey was cared for by family at her home in Ward End with support from John Taylor’s Hospice at Home and Community Teams. Great-grandmother Brenda died of lung cancer on 21 June 2019, aged 84.

“Nan is the most amazing woman I’ve ever met,” said Nicola, 37. “Everyone thought the world of her and as a family we were incredibly close to her. She was a strong woman with a big heart and would do anything for anyone.”

Nicola with her nan Brenda

After reading about the Sunset Walk on the John Taylor Hospice website, Nicola signed up and plans to take part with nine fellow family members. “The support that Nan and our family got from the hospice was just brilliant and we couldn’t have coped without them,” added mum-of-two Nicola.

“We are walking to raise money for a fantastic cause and we know that’s what Nan would have wanted. By taking part in the Sunset Walk we are keeping Nan’s memory alive as we can walk and talk about her and share precious memories. The fundraising is also bringing us together as a family which is what we all need right now.”

To sponsor Nicola and her family please visit:

John Taylor Hospice is a charity and relies heavily upon the kindness and generosity of fundraisers. Hospice Head of Fundraising Katie Mitchell explains the difference that money raised from events such as the Sunset Walk makes for local families: “By purchasing just one Sunset Walk ticket you will be paying for almost one hour of nursing care at home. By raising £50 in sponsorship you can provide relief from pain for 20 people who are too weak or sick to take medication.

“Every day, amazing fundraisers are helping hundreds of people who are at the end of their lives to get the care they need. Without their amazing support we couldn’t be there for families in their time of need and we are incredibly grateful.”

Raising sponsorship for your Sunset Walk

If you’re looking to raise sponsorship for your Sunset Walk here are some links that we hope you’ll find helpful:

  • A sponsorship form is available to download from our website here. But please just drop us a line if you’d like us to post one out to you!
  • To set up an online fundraising page with JustGiving please follow this link then create your page by clicking on ‘fundraise for us’.
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser and ask your friends to sponsor you. Facebook does not charge any fees so all of the money you raise will be donated to John Taylor Hospice.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! We have lots of fundraising resources available to help you and remember – our Fundraising Team is only a phone call or an email away. You can reach the team directly on 0121 728 6739 or by email at [email protected]

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

Don Bell

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