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A Caring “Village” of Participants raised over $245,000 for Bethell Hospice Fdn!

Bethell Hospice Hikers
Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this adage is also true for the Hike for Bethell Hospice, held on Sunday, May 5 at the Lloyd Wilson Arena in Inglewood. Over 400 community-minded individuals gathered in the Village of Inglewood to hike the Caledon Trailway, with over $245,000 raised in support of the Foundation. “We are truly humbled by the support received from our hikers, sponsors, donors, volunteers and student participants” said Kelly Stronach, Senior Manager, Bethell Hospice Foundation Marketing & Communications. “The community has been incredibly supportive, and we are very appreciative.”

The event featured an accessible, five-kilometre hike along the Caledon Trailway; a memory board full of heart stickers dedicated to loved ones; a delicious barbecue lunch prepared by Maple Lodge Farms and the Rotary Club of Palgrave; and an opportunity for hikers to visit the art station to personalize a velum butterfly or plant a wildflower seed in memory of a loved one.

Twelve local Caledon public schools also chose to participate in the hike, as part of Peel District School Board’s Education Week. It was decided they would host a special ‘Student Hike for Bethell Hospice’ on Thursday, May 2.  Bethell Hospice currently offers children and youth grief counselling services and Music and Art Therapy for children. Through the efforts of 5400 students, parents, and staff, the student hike raised an amazing $22,000.

Bethell Hospice Foundation board co-chairs and Hike Master of Ceremonies, Adrian Horwood and Bonnie Klaassen, thanked the large crowd for their generous support.  “Each of you here today is aware of how vital the services of Bethell Hospice are to our community.  Many of you have experienced those feelings firsthand, and each of you has cared enough to come forward today, to ensure that Bethell Hospice services will be here for the next families in need.  Thank you so much for your belief in the importance of Bethell Hospice in our community.”

Each year, Bethell Hospice Foundation must raise over $1,700,000 to keep the doors of Bethell Hospice open, and provide services at no cost to residents, program participants or their families. Bethell Hospice is the only hospice residence serving Caledon, Brampton, and Dufferin County, and offers community programs throughout Caledon and Brampton.

The Hike for Bethell Hospice was generously supported by Platinum level community partners – Access Storage, Benson Steel Limited, Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery, Brampton Rotary Club, Egan Funeral Home, Fines Ford Lincoln, Meadowvale Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Centres, Town of Caledon, as well as a host of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Route Sponsors.

Next year’s 15th Annual Hike for Bethell Hospice is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2025. To learn more about Bethell Hospice Foundation, please visit foundation.bethellhospice.org.

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