Hospice hike is in memory of loved ones

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- The West Prince Chapter of Hospice P.E.I. will hold its second annual Hike for Hospice this Sunday, May 4. 

Lana Wallace, left, and Clifford Fielding, right, lend support to West Prince Hospice volunteers as they lace up for the chapter’s second annual Hike for Hospice. The awareness walk will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., starting and ending in the Maplewood Manor parking lot. Hospice volunteers helping to plan the event are, kneeling from left, Pat Arsenault, Sherry Smith, and standing from second left, Lynda Leard, Freda Wilson, Eleanor Perry and Shelia MacKay.

The hike coincides with the start of National Hospice Week, and brings together volunteers, families and friends to remember and honor loved ones.

Clifford Fielding and Lana Wallace will lead participants in the West Prince hike. Fielding is doing the hike in memory of his wife, Julia, and Wallace is walking in memory of her daughter, Carolyn Gavin. Julia Fielding was a West Prince Hospice volunteer and a friend of Lana Wallace. Wallace continues to serve as a volunteer with the organization.

Organizers have changed the location of this year's hike. Due to ice still on the Confederation Trail, organizers have moved the event, for safety reasons, to Maplewood Manor. Participants will do laps through the parking lots ands driveways around the facility.

Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and the walk commences at 2 p.m. The full hike is five kilometers, but West Prince Hospice coordinator Pat Arsenault points out participants can choose to walk any amount from a few steps to a few laps to the full distance.

Last year’s hike attracted 48 participants to the awareness event, and organizers are hoping to surpass that number this year.

Registration fee is $10 per participant, and all proceeds support the work of Hospice. 

Organizations: Old Stone Station

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