Challenge yourself during 2018, in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice

Challenge yourself during 2018

Posted on 24 January 2018 by Monika Reichelt

The Ayrshire Hospice is appealing to communities across Ayrshire to hold a fundraising event or take part in a sponsored challenge during 2018, in aid of their local hospice.

Last year saw many supporters across Ayrshire getting fit by supporting the hospice and an astounding £328,582 was raised by community fundraisers holding their own events or taking part in sponsored challenges.

During 2018, there is a wide range of challenges on offer including Kiltwalk Glasgow on 29th April, Bubble Rush on 6th May, Edinburgh Marathon Festival on 26th-27th May, Roon the Toon in Kilmarnock on 10th June, Great Scottish Run on 30th September plus many more.

One supporter, Adrian Young, completed the London Docklands Olympic Triathlon last year and raised an amazing £1,800 in aid of the hospice! 

Adrian said “My friends and I entered the London Docklands Olympic Triathlon having no previous experience of triathlons before to challenge us across a range of sports and support a local charity.”

In addition to the challenge events, the Ayrshire Hospice will be marking the tenth anniversary of their flagship Land o’ Burns Starlight Walk on Saturday 19th May. The event has proven so popular with hospice supporters over the years and the fundraising team are looking forward to another unforgettable evening!  The Ayrshire Hospice Colour Dash is also due to take place during August 2018 with a specific date still to be confirmed and don’t forget the popular Ayrshire Hospice Arran Cycle in June!

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “We are truly amazed by our fantastic community supporters who went above and beyond to take part in a range of sponsored challenges in 2017. With more exciting challenges ahead in 2018 we have prepared branded hospice running vests, t-shirts and sponsor forms to assist our supporters in their fundraising. We are here to provide advice and encouragement for anyone wanting to support our charity in this meaningful way.”

The care provided by the Ayrshire Hospice is free to patients and their families. However, it does require extensive, on-going fundraising support.  During 2016-17, it cost over £7.6million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services – equating to almost £21,000 per day!  Over £4.3 million was raised through voluntary donations alone.

For more information on taking part in a sponsored challenge in aid of the hospice please contact the community fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email