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Hospice in the News - September 2023

A selection of newspapers

In this month’s Hospice in the News wrap, we are excited to bring you highlights of some of the stories from the Hospice that featured in the media in September.

Coverage across news and radio included the hugely successful Hospice Run and the current campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Gifts in Wills.

More details below…

Happy boy running at Hospice Run

Hospice Run History

The 17th year of Hospice Run brought people of all ages together in the heart of Tunbridge Wells and ensured the Hospice made the front pages of two local newspapers.

Runners setting off to the sounds of the Old School Samba band and crowds lining the streets were pictured on the front of the Kent and Sussex Courier. A full page inside included lots more photos, including those taking part in the new Half Marathon and superhero-inspired Family Fun Run. The motivations of some of those taking part included the stories of sisters Lottie, Oliva and Issy who ran together in memory of their mum Sue, cared for at the Hospice in 2021.

Meanwhile, Hospice Run was similarly showcased by The Times of Tunbridge Wells with a front-page photo of an emotional scene at the finish line.

We are delighted to announce that Hospice Run has now raised more than £101,000 – the first time in the event’s history that it surpassed the £100,000 mark.

Gift in Wills image of Steve and Mr Wooster the dog

A Lasting Gift

Listeners heard about the lasting impact that leaving a Gift in Will can make when Katie Greywood, the Hospice’s Income Generation Director, was interviewed live on Ashdown Radio.

When Katie said research shows that more than half of adults do not have a will, host Peter Suter asked why she thought that was the case. Katie said that people put it off for many reasons, but that making a will is than you realise, and you don’t have to be rich, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. She explained the Hospice has partnered with an online will writing service to offer an easy and free way to write a will, which will not only help your loved ones when you are gone, but by leaving a gift of any amount, can also make a lasting difference to the care the Hospice can provide.

The interview was part of a ‘Making moments matter’ themed Gifts in Wills campaign running over the next couple of months, so look out for articles and adverts in local magazines and adverts on buses in Tunbridge Wells.