Walkers boost Doncaster hospice appeal funds

Natalie Rush, Mel Hewitt, of the hospice appeal, and Gillian Headon.
Natalie Rush, Mel Hewitt, of the hospice appeal, and Gillian Headon.

An annual walk to celebrate the life of Doncaster woman who died from breast cancer has raised nearly £10,000 for local charities.

This year’s Rush to Walk, which took place in May with 170 walkers taking part in walks of varying lengths around Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham, raised the staggering amount – and now the organisers have donated £1,500 to the St John’s Hospice Appeal in Doncaster.

Organised by Natalie Rush of Conisbrough and Gillian Headon of Mexborough, the walk is to celebrate the life of Sandra Rush who died of breast cancer in 2002.

The walk raised £9,800 in sponsorship from the walkers, which has been split between 8 charities.

Natalie said: “My mum had a lot of treatment in St John’s Hospice and it is where she passed away. We thought it was a good idea to donate some of the sponsorship to the hospice’s appeal.”

Mel Hewitt, Hospice Community Fundraiser, said: “This is a fantastic event and an amazing amount of money for our hospice. I want to thank Natalie and Gillian and all of the walkers who took part. Every penny given to our appeal supports our patients and we really appreciate this magnificent donation.”