Published on: Thursday 25 Aug 2016 at 13:40
Jade to undertake trek challenge for the hospice she loves!
A member of our staff at St Clare Hospice, who heads up our Challenges fundraising, has signed up to undertake one of her own events. Jade Clarke, Challenges and Events Fundraiser at St Clare, will be trekking 100km across Cambodia in November and aims to raise over £3,000 in vital funding.
Jade Clarke, 23 years old from Harlow, joined the charity in June 2015 and has signed up countless St Clare supporters to take part in adrenaline-fuelled adventures in aid of the Hospice. When it came to organising the overseas’ trek, Jade was motivated to put herself forward for the once-in-a-lifetime challenge.
Jade said: “Over the past year I have supported hundreds of brave St Clare fundraisers to take part in epic challenges for the Hospice. I have helped literally dozens of people to skydive, walk across fire, run marathons – and even cycle across Europe! Not only that, but I have come into contact with countless heroic patients and families who are going through one of life’s toughest journeys. It has been witnessing, day in and day out, this incredible bravery, and the amazing work of all the clinical teams at St Clare, that motivated me to sign myself up to the trek.”
“I couldn’t have chosen a bigger challenge to put myself forward for! The annual overseas’ trek is by far the most adventurous way to fundraise for us – and has the biggest fundraising target. So I haven’t been easy on myself! But I know I couldn’t be doing it for a more worthy cause. What I am doing is nothing compared with the heartbreak of losing a loved one, and the families I meet at the Hospice just make me feel in awe of their strength. I will be trekking with the thought of every single one of those people in my head. I feel like taking part in this tough, personal challenge is my way of really giving something back to the hospice that I love.”
Jade will be in Cambodia from 5-13 November. The expedition will take her through rice paddies and jungles before arriving at Angkor Wat, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.
As part of her fundraising efforts Jade will be hosting a Big Brew at St Clare Hospice on Saturday 10 September. The charity tea party will be held in the Hospice dining room and all members of the public are welcome to attend.
Jade said: “Everyone is welcome to come to my Big Brew for a slice of delicious homemade cake and a cuppa. I am so proud to work at St Clare and hosting my tea party in the Hospice itself is a lovely way for people who have never visited us before to come through the doors.”
“The thought of a Hospice can be such a daunting thing for many people and before I worked here I was also oblivious to what they are really like. St Clare is the most happy and uplifting place I could ever imagine working in. I want my family, friends and people from the local community to experience what St Clare feels like too – so please come and join us for a brew!”
To support Jade in her trek across Cambodia, visit her Virgin Money Giving page.
You can find out more about Jade’s Big Brew here.