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Sue talks about 10 years of Walk On at Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Spong has been a counsellor for 16 years at Saint Francis Hospice. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Walk On group Sue set up to help people under the care of the hospice who are bereaved or lonely.

One of my passions is exercise, having run 30 marathons, exercise has always helped me sort my head out, my own therapy!

As a child I would lay out my netball kit, stare at the court through chemistry and get very excited at the thought of the match after school. I still feel that excitement at the thought of the Walk On group, I know how walking can help your mental health, as well as your physical heath.

I also love bringing people together in groups to connect and help each other, whether in bereavement or as a person under our care, speaking together normalises feelings and is a great antidote to loneliness.

Saint Francis Hospice has the most wonderful environment, the surrounding parks, gardens, ancient trees and the village green are just additions to an already beautiful area.

So, 10 years ago, I put my passions of exercise, Hospice, facilitating groups and the environment together and the “Walk On” group was born. We started with a few walkers but now average 20 plus. New members are welcomed warmly. If they feel apprehensive it doesn’t last long as the group is so welcoming.

As we walk, I listen to the banter, deep conversations, laughter and sometimes tears. It feels easier sometimes to talk as you walk as no eye contact is required. We share our thoughts with each other as it can be hard to return to the hospice when your special person has died.

We welcome people using hospice services. Our staff and volunteers are welcome to join if they can spare the hour…and patients too if their mobility allows. The whole team supports this group, so when I am on annual leave, I know it is in safe hands.

We witness friendships forged, groups that organise weekend breaks together. We of course respect our walkers who just want to be in their own space with their thoughts and feelings.

When the walk finishes, I am always struck by the increased volume of chat, the farewells, swapping numbers and see you next time.

For those who use our services, work or volunteer with us do join us when you can, call the Family and Individual Support Service if you have any questions.

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Sue talks about 10 years of Walk On at Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Spong has been a counsellor for 16 years at Saint Francis Hospice. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Walk On group Sue set up to help people under the care of the hospice who are bereaved or lonely.

One of my passions is exercise, having run 30 marathons, exercise has always helped me sort my head out, my own therapy!

As a child I would lay out my netball kit, stare at the court through chemistry and get very excited at the thought of the match after school. I still feel that excitement at the thought of the Walk On group, I know how walking can help your mental health, as well as your physical heath.

I also love bringing people together in groups to connect and help each other, whether in bereavement or as a person under our care, speaking together normalises feelings and is a great antidote to loneliness.

Saint Francis Hospice has the most wonderful environment, the surrounding parks, gardens, ancient trees and the village green are just additions to an already beautiful area.

So, 10 years ago, I put my passions of exercise, Hospice, facilitating groups and the environment together and the “Walk On” group was born. We started with a few walkers but now average 20 plus. New members are welcomed warmly. If they feel apprehensive it doesn’t last long as the group is so welcoming.

As we walk, I listen to the banter, deep conversations, laughter and sometimes tears. It feels easier sometimes to talk as you walk as no eye contact is required. We share our thoughts with each other as it can be hard to return to the hospice when your special person has died.

We welcome people using hospice services. Our staff and volunteers are welcome to join if they can spare the hour…and patients too if their mobility allows. The whole team supports this group, so when I am on annual leave, I know it is in safe hands.

We witness friendships forged, groups that organise weekend breaks together. We of course respect our walkers who just want to be in their own space with their thoughts and feelings.

When the walk finishes, I am always struck by the increased volume of chat, the farewells, swapping numbers and see you next time.

For those who use our services, work or volunteer with us do join us when you can, call the Family and Individual Support Service if you have any questions.

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Sue talks about 10 years of Walk On at Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Spong has been a counsellor for 16 years at Saint Francis Hospice. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Walk On group Sue set up to help people under the care of the hospice who are bereaved or lonely.

One of my passions is exercise, having run 30 marathons, exercise has always helped me sort my head out, my own therapy!

As a child I would lay out my netball kit, stare at the court through chemistry and get very excited at the thought of the match after school. I still feel that excitement at the thought of the Walk On group, I know how walking can help your mental health, as well as your physical heath.

I also love bringing people together in groups to connect and help each other, whether in bereavement or as a person under our care, speaking together normalises feelings and is a great antidote to loneliness.

Saint Francis Hospice has the most wonderful environment, the surrounding parks, gardens, ancient trees and the village green are just additions to an already beautiful area.

So, 10 years ago, I put my passions of exercise, Hospice, facilitating groups and the environment together and the “Walk On” group was born. We started with a few walkers but now average 20 plus. New members are welcomed warmly. If they feel apprehensive it doesn’t last long as the group is so welcoming.

As we walk, I listen to the banter, deep conversations, laughter and sometimes tears. It feels easier sometimes to talk as you walk as no eye contact is required. We share our thoughts with each other as it can be hard to return to the hospice when your special person has died.

We welcome people using hospice services. Our staff and volunteers are welcome to join if they can spare the hour…and patients too if their mobility allows. The whole team supports this group, so when I am on annual leave, I know it is in safe hands.

We witness friendships forged, groups that organise weekend breaks together. We of course respect our walkers who just want to be in their own space with their thoughts and feelings.

When the walk finishes, I am always struck by the increased volume of chat, the farewells, swapping numbers and see you next time.

For those who use our services, work or volunteer with us do join us when you can, call the Family and Individual Support Service if you have any questions.

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Sue talks about 10 years of Walk On at Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Spong has been a counsellor for 16 years at Saint Francis Hospice. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Walk On group Sue set up to help people under the care of the hospice who are bereaved or lonely.

One of my passions is exercise, having run 30 marathons, exercise has always helped me sort my head out, my own therapy!

As a child I would lay out my netball kit, stare at the court through chemistry and get very excited at the thought of the match after school. I still feel that excitement at the thought of the Walk On group, I know how walking can help your mental health, as well as your physical heath.

I also love bringing people together in groups to connect and help each other, whether in bereavement or as a person under our care, speaking together normalises feelings and is a great antidote to loneliness.

Saint Francis Hospice has the most wonderful environment, the surrounding parks, gardens, ancient trees and the village green are just additions to an already beautiful area.

So, 10 years ago, I put my passions of exercise, Hospice, facilitating groups and the environment together and the “Walk On” group was born. We started with a few walkers but now average 20 plus. New members are welcomed warmly. If they feel apprehensive it doesn’t last long as the group is so welcoming.

As we walk, I listen to the banter, deep conversations, laughter and sometimes tears. It feels easier sometimes to talk as you walk as no eye contact is required. We share our thoughts with each other as it can be hard to return to the hospice when your special person has died.

We welcome people using hospice services. Our staff and volunteers are welcome to join if they can spare the hour…and patients too if their mobility allows. The whole team supports this group, so when I am on annual leave, I know it is in safe hands.

We witness friendships forged, groups that organise weekend breaks together. We of course respect our walkers who just want to be in their own space with their thoughts and feelings.

When the walk finishes, I am always struck by the increased volume of chat, the farewells, swapping numbers and see you next time.

For those who use our services, work or volunteer with us do join us when you can, call the Family and Individual Support Service if you have any questions.

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