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Ashgate Hospice > Widower to take on Peak District walk for Ashgate Hospice in wife’s memory

A widower who is set to take on an Ashgate Hospice walking challenge in memory of his wife is urging others to join him in the stunning Peak District. 

Steve Griffiths has signed up for charity’s High Peak Trail Walk, sponsored by MVIS, on Sunday 17 March.  

From a 17-mile mission to an 11-mile ramble – the fundraiser, starting from Cromford Meadow, offers a route for all participants to enjoy.     

Steve, from Winster, will be walking in memory of his wife, Julie, who experienced “exceptional” care at the hospice’s Inpatient Unit after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer. 

Steve said: “The hospice allowed Julie to spend her final moments in peace. The last thing I’d want was for her to have an unpleasant death; she’d suffered enough already.  

“Ashgate gave her a very calming and peaceful end to her life and I’m enormously grateful for this. The hospice takes the stress away so you can focus on creating those final memories together.  

“The team are always there and make everything as easy as possible for you. Whatever we needed was there, whenever we needed it.” 

Steve and Julie loved spending time in the outdoors together

The High Peak Trail Walk takes place in the scenic Derbyshire countryside and follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway.    

There is also an option to take part in a 3.5-mile walk for less experienced walkers or children. 

Steve, who will be taking on the 11-mile route, has made a donation of £350 to the hospice as part of his fundraising for the event – one of three donations he makes to Ashgate every year. 

He added: “This is done in memory of Julie and in support of all the fabulous work the hospice does for end of life care in the community.  

“The last time I signed up was two years ago and I chatted with quite a few other walkers as lots of people took part – I’ll be remembering Julie along the way.   

“The walk will be great; the High Peak Trail has lovely views and is easy and relaxing to walk along. 

“Joining me on the High Peak Trail Walk will mean Ashgate can be there for future families to experience the same warmth, care and respect that Julie received at the end of her life.” 

The off-road walk is free from traffic and includes parking. Entry includes bus travel to the start line and walkers will head walk back towards the car park at Cromford Meadow.    

Walkers of all abilities are invited to take part in the High Peak Trail Walk...
...including your furry friends!

James Branson, Senior Events Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospice, said: “We’re really pleased to be returning to the Peak District for our High Peak Trail Walk as the event enters its fourth year.    

“Once again there will be three different trails to choose from, so there promises to be something for everyone!   

“We’re so happy to have Steve joining us on this occasion who will be walking in memory of his wife Julie.  

“We hope you might think about coming to join him – not only will you get to enjoy the stunning Derbyshire countryside, but you’ll be helping us fund care for the families who need our support most.” 

Entry costs depend on the distance of the chosen walk, but adults taking on the 17-mile route and the 11-mile route will pay £15 entry per person. Entry for children is £10. 

Meanwhile, adults will pay £10 for the 3.5-mile walk, while children will pay £5 to enter.  

This includes a t-shirt, medal, coach transfer to your chosen starting point and refreshments along the route.   

To register for the High Peak Trail Walk go to Ashgate Hospice’s website or call the fundraising team on 01246 567 250.