Megan, Bronson, and Greyson Parry walk along Mud Creek Trail as part of the 2021 Hike for Hospice.

The community has once again stepped up to support Chatham-Kent Hospice families and residents through Hike for Hospice. Over $143,000 was raised to ensure these families continue to receive compassionate, end-of-life care at no cost.

The 2020 event brought in over $79,000. This year’s goal was to raise at least $50,000.

“The support for this year’s Hike for Hospice is stunning! We were happy to be back out at Mud Creek Trail– even though everyone participated on their own time, it felt much more like our traditional Hike for Hospice,” says event chair Randi Bokor Caron. “We received so many kind messages about the touching memorial signs along the trail. They certainly served as a reminder of why we host this event and the spirit of Hospice.”

The walk was held in a distanced fashion, with participants invited to go for a stroll on their own schedule in order to comply with COVID health and safety recommendations.

Chatham-Kent Hospice relies on fundraising to support the day-to-day operation of its 10-bed facility. Government funding covers only part of its operational costs, leaving a need for roughly $110,000 in donations to support end-of-life-care each year.

“We also had many workplaces from across Chatham-Kent participate in our Corporate Challenge. Whether they are working from home or just at a distance, it was a fun and safe, team-building opportunity to do some good in our community. Congratulations to The MCBS Girls, winner of the 2021 Corporate Challenge,” Bokor Caron says.