Hospice receives half of coastal walk cash


LES Bourgs Hospice has received 45,000 from the Pink Ladies, half of the money raised by the Sunset Coastal Walk. It will go towards its new development and purpose-built day hospice. More than 2,000 women took part in this years event, which was supported by the Guernsey Press and raised 90,000 in total.

Les Bourgs director of nursing Jo Boyd described the cash it had received as a wonderful amount.

‘I feel very humbled that the Pink Ladies have chosen us to donate money to.

‘Seeing them do the walk was a big spectacle, I was very moved by it. For me to think that half of the proceeds were going to the hospice, I was very, very grateful,’ she said.

Mrs Boyd said the new day hospice and development would provide vital support for those with a life-limiting disease.

‘We depend totally on charitable donations,’ she said.
‘What we have wanted for ages is a new building.’
She said the existing one was cramped, with no privacy or room for therapy such as craft activities, relaxation lessons or massages.
It also did not have a separate dining area and nowhere to talk quietly.

‘It will change people’s lives monumentally. It is impossible to estimate the difference this will make.

‘Without charities like the Pink Ladies to support us, it [the development] would not happen,’ she said.  

Pink Ladies co-founder and treasurer Doreen Le Poidevin said the walk had been a lot of work to organise.

‘But it was worth the effort – to know that we will be helping Les Bourgs.
‘Les Bourgs is close to all our hearts, so we are honoured to be able to donate to a worthwhile cause,’ she said.

This year’s  walk was in memory of Anne McMillan, a co-founder of the group.

The remaining £45,000 raised from the event will be donated to the Breast Unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital to purchase new equipment to help women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. A presentation is planned later this year.

The Pink Ladies is registered with the Association of Guernsey Charities. The helpline number is 07781 415 131 or you can visit www.pinkladies.org.gg for more information.

Les Bourgs Hospice director of nursing Jo Boyd, centre, said she was moved by the spectacle of the Sunset Coastal Walk when she met Pink Ladies members Linda Falla, left, and Linda Coutu to receive £45,000, half of the money raised by the event.     (Picture by Tom Tardif, 0835765)

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