After Barbara Pilgrim’s mum was admitted to our Inpatient Unit, Barbara set about to raise money for the hospice with her own unique Virtual Challenge.

Aiming to raise enough money for one day’s patient care (£450), Barbara decided that she was going to virtually walk the distance between her home in Merstham, near Redhill, to the hospice, but after deciding that the 45 miles wasn’t far enough, she chose to double the distance; ‘for every two miles I walked, I was one mile closer to the hospice.’ She also planned two virtual visits during her journey; the first to Queensmead Care Home in Polegate, to visit her dad who has Alzheimer’s, and the second to her twin sister’s home in Eastbourne.

When Barbara’s mum first came to the Inpatient Unit, she was initially supposed to be going for two weeks’ respite care, but her stay has now been extended. Unfortunately, Barbara has only been able to visit her in person twice, but even at 92, her mum is very tech savvy and they keep in touch through FaceTime calls and Facebook, and enjoy playing online Scrabble together, ‘it’s nice to see her on Facetime, if not face to face,’ Barbara told us.

Starting on Monday 11th May, Barbara’s virtual challenge took just over three weeks to complete, using routes around her local area, because as she explains ‘when I first started we were only allowed one hour of exercise a day, so I was doing about 4 miles each day.’ She used her Fitbit to track her progress and crossed the finish line on Monday 1st June.

Since she completed her challenge, Barbara has raised an amazing amount of money, exceeding her target, although additional donations are welcome to her JustGiving page, here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Barbara for taking part in a fundraising challenge for the hospice, we are incredibly appreciative of her support. 


If you would like to take on a Virtual Challenge of your own, click here.