On Tuesday 21st May, Ben Halder and Chris Van Kempen began walking around Wales to raise vital funds for Charity. They started off their challenge in Abercastle, and followed the Pembrokeshire Coast Path towards Porthgain. Ben and Chris took on this epic challenge in memory of Pete Foulkes, Chris’s Brother In-Law and Ben’s Uncle.

Walking consistently for 61 days; they covered a staggering 1012 miles around the whole of Wales, with lots of support from family and friends along the way. They were raising money for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton and Simon Says, three charities close to the families’ hearts. Countess Mountbatten Hospice cared for Pete during his final days and Simon Says supported the children through their bereavement.

“It is through the generosity of local people that organise these fundraisers that we can continue to provide this much needed service for anyone in the later stages of any life limiting illness. The services are available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” Said Phil Thompson MBE, Chair of Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

Walking around Wales
Photo – Left to Right – Chris Van Kempen and Ben Halder at the finish line; celebrating with Prosecco

Donations are still being taken for this amazing challenge, you can donate money in the following locations; Fishguard, Solva and St David’s surgeries until Mid-September. 

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.