Sparkle Sisters walk 59 miles and take on the #VirtualChallenge to support City Hospice’s Recovery Fund.
Amanda Fenton tells us:
“Last year my wonderful group of friends took part in the first City Hospice Sparkle Walk. A group of Mike’s fabulous colleagues joined us too from Principality Building Society. We walked 10k and lit up Cardiff. It was poignant being on the first anniversary of my husband Mike’s funeral. We laughed and cried and importantly had the opportunity to remember Mike and raise money for City Hospice. It was a very special event.
This year the Sparkle Walk is due to take place on 19th September but is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So we want to do something else to help City Hospice and remember Mike. My friends remain an incredible support through these tough times and are amazed to hear of the work of City Hospice. A group of us (all 21!!) are walking 59 miles between 1st-19th September. It’s a great focus to help me leading up to the second anniversary of losing Mike and also doing something that Mr Positive himself would be pleased about! We finish our challenge on what would have been the day of the Sparkle Walk!
Why 59 miles? Well Mike was born in 1959 and was 59 when he devastatingly passed away.
We are fitting our walks in around our busy lives juggling work and families. We’re doing short walks individually and in small groups. On the 3 weekends in September we are coming together for longer walks. Our challenge finishes on 19th September with some Sparkle (the sort you put in a glass!) and a toast to Mike.
The work of City Hospice has not stopped during the pandemic.
Patients are still facing terminal and life limiting illnesses and the fantastic team have remained in the community caring for patients when they need it most. What has stopped though is the fundraising events and activities and only now are shops starting to slowly re-open. This has had a significant impact on the income of the hospice and we want to help .
The care is exceptional. Not only did Mike receive the most fantastic care, my Mum sadly passed away 10 months ago and was a patient of the hospice too. Now unbelievably my mother-in-law is also a patient. From looking after the patient to supporting families the compassion and care is exceptional and we will be forever grateful. Having been terrified at first hearing the word “Hospice” it soon became our safe place and still is – the team really are Angels on Earth.
We appreciate times are tough right now and if you can spare a pound or two we’d be very grateful. If you can’t we understand but please join me and the Sparkle Sisters in remembering the wonderful husband, dad, son, brother-in-law, uncle and friend Mike was as we reach the second anniversary of losing him.”
Daisy Magill, Fundraising and Events Coordinator said:
“Thank you so much to Amanda and her Sparkle Sisters for taking on the Virtual Challenge to raise much needed funds for City Hospice. Sparkle Sisters walk 59 miles is a great idea. We are very disappointed our Sparkle Walk will not be taking place this year. I am delighted you have organised your own special way to remember Mike. We are really grateful for your support and I look forward to welcoming the Sparkle Sisters to our Sparkle Walk in 2021.
To contact Daisy about a challenge or for ideas please email