St Christopher’s matron Anne Nash celebrates her 50th birthday at Fun Walk 2017 – and it’s not too late to join her!

Ward Matron Anne Nash, 49, is unquestionably dedicated to St Christopher’s. Not only has Anne worked as a clinician at the hospice for 26 years, but Anne and her family have walked almost every St Christopher’s Fun Walk. This year’s walk will be particularly special for Anne as she will celebrate her 50th birthday by trekking through the Keston countryside on the Fun Walk. It’s not too late to join Anne and her family on Sunday 14 May 2017; every penny counts so don’t be put-off that you need large amounts of sponsorship.

Anne, from Biggin Hill, says, “We laughed when we saw the Fun Walk date announced in our hospice newsletter! It’s my 50th birthday on the 14 May and St Christopher’s 50th Anniversary in 2017 too, so I couldn’t possibly miss it. My family has always taken part in the event; when our children, Katie, Paul and David were little, we just did the short route with buggies. Now they are in their late teens they want to walk with their friends, but we’re all still going to go together.”

Anne explains what is so special about Fun Walk, which means people coming back year after year; “The countryside around Keston where the route travels is just so picturesque and it’s wonderful to see so many people out in the beautiful countryside raising money for an amazing cause. The camaraderie is inspiring. Many people walk in memory of loved ones, but I also get such a strong sense of support for the hospice’s work from everyone too.”

When Anne first came to St Christopher’s 26 years ago as a staff nurse, she never dreamed that she would be working as Matron so many years later. In between, Anne has got to know all facets of the organisation, having worked on St Christopher’s wards, spent time as a clinical nurse specialist with patients in the community, and also used her extensive experience to train other members of St Christopher’s clinical staff.

Despite having worked at St Christopher’s for so long, Anne is as passionate about the organisation today as she was when she joined. Anne comments, “We have an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, and I’m so proud of my colleagues who every day give outstanding care to our patients and their families.”

Why not join Anne on the walk, and step up for your local hospice? Don’t be put-off that you need to raise lots of money in sponsorship – every penny counts towards helping St Christopher’s and its patients.

Remember to look out for Anne on the walk; she will be sporting a 50th birthday balloon and badge with pride!

 

About Fun Walk

The Fun Walk starts and finishes at Keston Common in Kent and is walk around spectacular countryside to raise funds for St Christopher’s. There is a choice of 3, 5, 8 or 11 mile sponsored walks with entertainment stops along the way. Keen walkers can set-off from Keston Common from 8.30am, with the last recommended set-off time advised for 12pm for the eleven mile walk. Dogs are also very welcome!

Keston Common will be buzzing with live music, games for children, a dog obstacle course, and fresh food and drink to fuel walkers and supporters. There will be awards for the best fancy dress costumes and the most money raised.

To cover the costs of the event, entry will be £5 for adults but under 11’s can join in for free (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult or guardian). The start and finish of the event is at Keston Common, Keston, Kent, BR2 6BP.

Register or find out more at funwalk@stchristophers.org.uk or telephone 020 8768 4575.