Hundreds of walkers took to the stunning Blaise Castle estate on Sunday for the St Peter’s Hospice Walk to Remember
The three-mile circular walk – taking in beautiful woodland, Grade II listed buildings and stunning views over the gorge – is an annual fundraiser for the hospice and offers friends and relatives time to reflect on the memory of loved ones and celebrate their lives.
One family in particular tuned out in force, as 42 members of the Thompson family walked in memory of husband, brother and uncle Caswell James Thompson, who passed away peacefully at St Peter’s Hospice on his 61st birthday, 10 August 2016.
“The walk really brought us together a lot closer,” said Cas’ sister Margaret.
“It was lovely to do this as a family and to meet everyone else – including all the dogs who spurred us on! The walk gave us time and space to share stories or just walk in silence reflecting on memories.
“Everyone had such a good time. Cas loved the woods and the outdoors so it felt like a great way to celebrate his life.”
Cas with wife Annette
“Caswell, Cassy or simply Cas, was a man of integrity, intelligence, loyalty, strength, and artistry. His face lit up whenever he talked about his engineering work and despite the challenges of running a business, this often spurred him on to meet his goals. For him, life was a journey, one that was not always easy, but one that was filled with laughter and joy even to the end.”
“We are so grateful for the caring attitude and humble nature of the St Peter’s Hospice staff who supported Cas during his illness. The care, time and patience given to all of us, form the youngest to the oldest, was incredible.”
St Peter’s Hospice is hoping to raise £10,000 from this year’s event. Events Fundraiser Louisa James said: “The Walk to Remember is a lovely, moving day as participants remember and celebrate loved ones. All funds raised go towards continuing to provide patient care for people like Cas and the families who need us.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services ase provided free of charge but this care costs around £20,000 a day, most of which is generated through gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops and events.
The St Peter’s Hospice Walk to Remember is an annual fundraising event. For upcoming St Peter’s Hospice events visit stpetershospice.org.