AN AVID fund-raiser for a city hospice completed a 30-mile trek in memory of his wife who was cared for by the charity.
Bill Richardson, from St Peter’s, has taken on a number of walks for the St Richard’s Hospice which looked after his wife, Brenda before her death in 2012.
The 65-year-old’s brother-in-law Mike Kavanagh, from Middlesbrough, joined him on his latest challenge which saw them walk the length of the Birmingham to Worcester canal.
The fund-raising effort, which was completed in nine hours, saw the duo collect almost £2,000 for the charity, which provides care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the hike and were lucky enough to have very good weather,” Bill said. “A walk along this canal passes through interesting scenery, including both town and countryside, which kept us going although the last ten miles seemed a lot longer and really tested our resolve.
“My late wife was cared for so well in St Richard’s In-patient Unit. The nurses and doctors were wonderful and always made sure that Brenda was comfortable and that other family members were OK.”
Bill, who is a fund manager for Severn Waste Environmental Fund, began supporting St Richard’s many years before Brenda was diagnosed with cancer.
Among many fund-raising challenges he has taken part in over the years, Bill has completed the 31 mile Worcestershire Way Walk and the 21 mile circular Waterways Walk.
He added: “I am pleased to be able to help the hospice continue with their wonderful caring work, and would encourage anyone considering this year’s Waterways Walk to take the plunge – it really is a spectacular walk and a great feeling of achievement.”