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Hospice urges Bromley residents to get involved with Bluebell Walk to support local families

PUBLISHED: 17:18 03 April 2018

Richard running the Lonon Marathon in 2010. Picture: St Christopher's Hospice

Richard running the Lonon Marathon in 2010. Picture: St Christopher's Hospice

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St Christopher’s Hospice is urging Bromley residents to sign up to its Bluebell Walk on April 29, to help support families facing tough times.

Richard Carter at St Christopher's Gym in Sydenham. Picture: St Christopher's HospiceRichard Carter at St Christopher's Gym in Sydenham. Picture: St Christopher's Hospice

One such resident is Richard Carter, 52, from Orpington, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and began visiting the hospice, based in Lawrie Park Road, in April last year.

He said: “My life completely changed in November 2016.

“It had been an ordinary day. I returned to my home in Orpington after work, put the tea on and that was it - the end of my life as I knew it.

“It was the last moment when I was just Richard, husband of Jane, dad-of-three, with no brain tumour.

“It’s hard to imagine something like that happening to you, so out of the blue.

“St Christopher’s has been there for all of us - we’ve each had counselling, which helped us to get our heads around what was happening.

“I go to the gym, art therapy, I meet with nurses, and benefit from chiropody.

“I’ve learnt that for me and many others, St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die”.

The Bluebell Walk in Cudham sets-off and finishes at Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South.

There are refreshment stops along the route, and a choice of three, five, seven and nine miles that are all clearly sign-posted and marshalled.

Anne Nash, matron at St Christopher’s, said: “Please sign-up today - it’s in a beautiful part of Kent, it’s good exercise, and it helps to keep our hospice running.”

Richard said: “I’ve done the Bluebell Walk with friends and family in previous years.

“It’s something we try to support and we are fortunate enough to live nearby to where it takes place.

“It gives the dog a good walk too and it raises money for a great cause.”

The event will take place from 9am to 2pm.

Children age 5 - 11 go free, and registration for adults (12 and over) is £5 before April 19.

After this date, registration can only be on the day of the walk, for an increased fee.

For further information please visit: www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebellwalk

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