Families step out to celebrate John Taylor Hospice birthday

Supporters and families turned out to join the John Taylor Hospice Birthday Walk

Supporters and families turned out to join the John Taylor Hospice Birthday Walk

Families from across Birmingham put their best foot forward to take part in the John Taylor Hospice Birthday Walk.

The event, now in its fourth year, celebrates three years since the Hospice was granted independence from the NHS to become a social enteprise.

And the event is now a firm fixture on the calendars of hundreds of supporters of the Hospice.

Chris Smart of Sutton Coldfield has been to the event every year since the Hospice left the NHS.

“We like to come along with everyone as a way to give back for everything that John Taylor did for my dad,” he said.

Myrtle Anglin of Erdington attended the walk for the first time this year along with her daughter Paulette Morrison.

“I could work until I’m grey and will never be able to feel that I have paid back the brilliant care my husband received at the Hospice. I cannot put it into words, the comfort that having the nurses around gave and that is why we are here,”’ Myrtle says.

Paulette added: “I am glad to be here with my mum to support the Hospice as the compassion and care our family received was priceless.”

Also joining in the fun was Allan Kenning of Yardley who said: “We have come along to support this event to help make sure that the care that all our family received is available for other people too as it is so important.”

The walk covers a 3.5 mile route starting and finishing at the Ramada Hotel in Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, passing through Pype Hayes Park and along Grange Road, in front of the Hospice.

Families also had the chance to enjoy activities including art projects, a smoothie bike, balloons and face painting.

And this year there were added attractions including a Spot the Duck competition and a Duck Race which saw families vying for top spot on the feathery finishing line.

John Taylor Hospice provides palliative and end of life care at the Hospice and in the community. Every day more than 600 people across Birmingham and their families will receive the care they need from Hospice staff and volunteers. Hospice CEO Kate Phipps said: “The John Taylor Hospice Birthday Walk is held in great affection by our supporters and it is so lovely to see so many familiar faces and new people too.

“The Birthday Walk is a really good opportunity for families to meet each other and take part in an event which supports our work. It is also a chance for us to say thank you.

“The number of people walking has grown each year, so much so, that next year’s Birthday Walk is booked, on Sunday October 4, and people are already telling us that they will be there.”

It costs £14,000 to run all of the Hospice services each day and the Birthday Walk is only one of the ways people can support the Hospice. For more information see the www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk website.