submitted by Laura Jackson

Now that spring has sprung, supporters of Beth Donovan Hospice are looking forward to lacing up their shoes on May 28, 2023 at the Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville for their annual Hike for Hospice Event. 

The hike is part of a national fundraising initiative that began in 2003 to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care and the services that are provided at a local level. This year, all funds raised locally will go towards Beth Donovan’s outreach programs as well as purchasing new equipment for their lending program, according to Executive Director, Sue Walker. Clients can borrow equipment such as bed rails, commodes, bath benches, walkers and wheelchairs for free.

Walker encourages everyone of all ages to attend, including all breeds of dogs. The first 25 dogs to attend will receive a doggie swag bag from Pet Valu. All skill levels are welcome and there will be routes of 1 kilometer, 3 kilometers, or 5 kilometers to choose from. Participants collect pledges prior to the event and will enjoy a BBQ lunch after the hike. 

“My favourite part is seeing everyone come together when they have finished the hike to chat and enjoy lunch and share in supporting the hospice,” adds Walker.

Registration begins at 10 am on May 28 in the parking lot by the main building at Ferguson Forest Centre. To participate or for more information, visit


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