Fundraisers have shown some love for a good cause and raised vital funds

Love for a local hospice was in the air on the most romantic day of the year and fundraisers pulled on their trainers and walking shoes in a bid to boost charity funds by taking on St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Virtual Valentine’s Day Challenge.

So far the challenge, which officially took place on Sunday, February 14, has seen more than £1,200 raised for the charity, which supports people across West Suffolk and Thetford facing dying, caring and grief.

Those taking part walked, jogged or ran either a 14-mile or 14km route of their choosing in their own local area while respecting government guidelines and restrictions.

Charlie De-Moore, the hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our Virtual Valentine’s Challenge. At a time when we can’t fundraise in the same way, people taking part in activities differently for us and raising funds makes a huge difference.

“The amount raised really is fantastic and will make such a difference to us at this time. I’d also like to say thank you to Thomas Ridley Foodservice for donating a sweet treat that will be posted to those who completed the challenge for them to enjoy.”

Due to the bad weather earlier this month some challengers decided to complete their distances at a later date. All those who took part will receive a certificate and a sweet treat, kindly donated by Thomas Ridley Foodservice.

For more information on the hospice and how its services have adapted during the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit

Pictured above is Oscar and Sebby Mayes who took on the Virtual Valentine’s Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care and between them raised just under £700.

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